Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
Romans 5:10 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
The expression, “He deserved it” has been the basis for every human evil in human history. Whatever evil we do to one another is always justified in our mind by the conviction that the one we treat badly deserves to be treated that way. Wars, oppressions, and even mass shootings and acts of terrorism arise from this same convenient, self serving contention.
This ability to deflect blame and avoid responsibility for our own decisions and actions is developed very early by every child. No matter what happens, it wasn’t my fault because he started it. He hit me first. He’s always a bad person; so what do you expect me to do? It’s not my problem to solves; you solve it and make him conform to me. Every parent knows the drill.
The message of Jesus and of Paul above confronts the idea that people acting badly should get what they deserve. God in Christ was not trying to give anyone what they deserved, especially in the eyes of other human beings. If God is benevolent toward the wayward, where do we get the compulsion to give back a hundred fold for ever slight or offense. That inclination comes right from Satan through the agency of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
We either give up on justifying our evil by pointing out the superior evil in others or we continue to suffer at one another’s hands. We are not children any more. It’s time to be wiser.