When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them. for they do not know what they are doing.”
—Luke 23:33-34, NASB1995

They pressed the thorns upon your head,
Then mocked you as your arms were spread
And nails were driven.

A crowd of people gathered near.
Your enemies were shocked to hear:
“You are forgiven.”

There is one truth that all can know.
We speak it when we tell our foe:
“You are forgiven.”

From Babel’s tower to today,
Our words make chaos till we say:
“You are forgiven.”

One meaning’s what we should intend
Regardless of the sounds we send:
“You are forgiven.”

It has the power to reverse
The pain of guilt and hatred’s curse:
“You are forgiven.”

It is the plan of God to save
His erring sons who misbehave:
“You are forgiven.”

It is our privilege to extend
The grace of God until the end:
“You are forgiven.”

In heaven, pardon is unknown.
On earth, it is our cornerstone:
“You are forgiven.”