The Seven Last Words-The First Word, part two

"Father forgive them; for they know not what they do."

Charles White, The Prophet

The rose is often used a s a symbol of perfection, and thus of God. This prophet's gaze upon the rose seems to suggest a life centered around the holy. As is said in Jeremiah 31:33, "I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people." 

Jeremiah provides the covenant of the Old Testament. The foundation of the Covenant of the New Testament is Christ. Jesus is saying Father forgive them-we know the way to the kingdom is the way of the cross.