"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." --- Luke 23:34a I've got some questions about this request that Jesus made to His Father as He was being crucified. Who exactly were the "they" to which Jesus was referring? I would imagine that the people that Jesus asked His Father to forgive were either Roman soldiers, or, perhaps they were Jewish people who were compelled by the Roman officials to put Jesus on the cross (or possibly both groups of people). To what extent were these people forgiven? Were they forgiven only for performing the physical act of putting Jesus on the cross? Or, were they forgiven for all of their sins in the same sense that a person is forgiven of all of his sins when that person puts his trust in Jesus Christ as his Savior? Were the people who received this forgiveness actually aware of their being forgiven? In other words, did they actually sense the fact that they were forgiven? What are your answers to these questions?