From “The Gospel of Luke” in the book God Is Disappointed in You, by Mark Russell (writer) and Shannon Wheeler (cartoonist):
As he slowly bled to death, it seemed like the whole world had gathered to ridicule Jesus. As he hung there dying, they beat and mocked Jesus for being so naive as to waste his time on pathetic and misguided ideas like forgiveness. For which he forgave them.
“Peacemaker in the Manger”
Not as an invincible, weapon-wielding king,
But as a tiny-boned babe born to die came He.
Empire might made right all around Him,
But the Nazarene’s peace gospel made righteous sinners.
Not warmongering or vengeance for a suffered wrong,
But the Savior showed another way—other-cheek turning.
Sword and shield crushed enemies of Rome,
But by compassion Christ conquered assailants.
Not apathy or hatred toward His persecuting killers,
But only bloody love did thorn-crowned Messiah pour out for them.
Armored mockers drove deep the spikes, raised high the cross,
But naked Jesus gasped final forgiveness as our Prince of Peace.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
—Matthew 5:9 (New International Version)