The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus- Father, forgive them

The story of the cross is among other things, the story of forgiveness of sins.  Jesus could have prayed otherwise, but He did not.  The purpose of the cross was to bring salvation to a lost world, and Jesus paid the ultimate price.  As his hour approached Jesus the great high priest, our arbitrator, The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world interceded on behalf of all flesh, Father forgive them for they know not what they do.