What if forgiveness begins upon the revelation of how the great deceiver has been exploiting our responses to past trauma to cause us to depend upon our inner resources in a concerted effort to validate his own narrative that the creature has their own inner light? When the veil of the response of the natural, free-willed human being is lifted by exposing the trauma-to-psychological defense mechanism, we see how fallen and independent human nature is manipulated by Satanic triggers.
We called for His crucifixion because we wanted a defiant freedom fighter instead of a bruised, whipped, defeated, and passive man. Our human experience in this world requires strength and overcoming weakness; but the testimony from the cross exhibits weakness and surrender. He forgives us because we don't know that what we are manipulated into doing, blinded by our deluded sense of self-preservation, is the result of Satanic conditioning that only His testimony of surrender could break.
The power to break the bondage of sin was expressed in His coming as the weakest of all creatures, manifest in the wonders performed by a Christ emptied of His divinity, testified in His surrender at the cross, and victorious in His resurrection. Our God extends forgiveness to us all, but the forgiveness is not complete until we surrender our deluded, independent, and proud will back to the One who created us to reveal His image. For the image of the beast is a trophy, but the image of God is the cross.