As we begin this series looking at the words of Jesus from the cross, we examine his first phrase: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Is there a greater struggle at times, then forgiveness? Most of us are reluctant to forgive even the smallest of offense. But early on Jesus taught his followers that forgiveness matters. Here again, he models it’s strength. Forgiveness is what Jesus extends. Forgiveness is what followers of Jesus do.