Here is a perspective I found fascinating in my reflections not so long ago.
Jesus is ultimately responsible for all Creation...
- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being... And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-3; John 1:14)
As such, though innocent in action, it was Jesus' cup to drink the sins of Creation...
- And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matt 26:39)
He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” (Matt 26:42)
And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. (Matt 26:44)
, out of hate for their Creator, beat and crucified the One they reviled against for the lives that they were given and made to live out. All the pain and sufferings, bitterness and resentment was taken out on the Creator.
If there was any fault we find with God our Creator for the pain and suffering in our lives, or that we see God allows to go on with others and atrocities around the world... it was met with Jesus who being in the very nature God, humbled Himself and took on human form to "drink a cup" that only He could as Creator drink. He took on our sin and hatred head on, bore the brunt of creation's "punishment" though He Himself did no wrong. I dare say Christ even sought our forgiveness for those times in life we don't understand why God allows evil to the extent He tolerates, and to those of us who would have preferred to not partake of life (since when we realise we're apart of the problem we may resent our Creator for even creating us).
It was a cup only Christ could drink for He was the author of Creation. And through Christ's own association with us and willingly choosing to live our life, only one that ended with beatings, lashings and crucifixion -- we have hope that if Christ saw the good to come out drinking His cup, then there must be good reason for the most inexplicable and worst pains and evils that the world and Satan placed in our cups to drink.
Mind my improvision... but God the Father then turns to Christ the Creator -- the head of all Creation -- for a response... so they've beat you, whipped you, nailed you to a cross, denied you and disowned you. Though innocent, you were put to death by the Law as a false prophet... now the Law owes you and the fate of Creation is in your hands. What will you do? And to this Jesus responds while still nailed in the cross:
- “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
We -- the created -- did not know we were putting to death even the King of the Jews, but rather the Creator of All Creation.
After this, all that then remained to be done was the justification of Christ's innocence and
affirmation of granting Christ's request.
This I believe is a universal forgiveness, but
it is only received when one returns to the Father through Christ.