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The Criminals on the Cross

Updated: Sep 23

Luke 23:39-43, MSG” one of the criminals hanging alongside cursed him: Some Messiah you are! Save yourself! Save us!” But the other one made him shut up: Have you no fear of God? You’re getting the same as him. We deserve this, but not him—he did nothing to deserve this. Then he said, Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom. He said, “Don’t worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise.”


As I pondered the words of Jesus in my studies this week in Luke 23:39-43, it occurred to me we are like the criminals who mocked Jesus. One criminal declared to Jesus to save himself. Many of us call out to our Savior only when convenient, and then we forgot Jesus until the next crisis. After a moment of self-evaluation, the other thief realized that he was dying and would be away from the light of God. He repented at once and asked Jesus to remember him when he came into His Kingdom. Many Christians will choose at the time of death to live in the sunshine or darkness. Being a fence-sitting Christian is not what Jehovah God intended for his children. Jesus clarified that the only way to him was through HIM. He also stated you choose the path you walk, the narrow or the broad, but no middle road exists. (Matthew 7:13-14) Evaluate your life today and remember time is short, and we have two choices: the wide road of the world or the narrow road that leads to joy and happiness, repentance and obedience toward Father God. Read Just the Edge of God


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