From Pastor Perry

10/07/2013 Luke 23:39-43

Luke 23:39–43 (ESV)
The Crucifixion (Part 3)
39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

With Jesus nailed to the center cross and a thief on his right side and on his left side, the thieves begin to question and mock Jesus.  “Are you not the Christ?  Save yourself and us!”  Everybody else was mocking Jesus, it is fitting that the two thieves would too.  If we remember, Jesus even stated that all the apostles would fall away.  Yet there is something about Jesus.  Being in his presence still has a power over people.  I am reminded of when John the Baptist was still in the womb and lept when Mary came to see Elizabeth while pregnant with Jesus.  I’m also reminded when the woman with bleeding issues touched the hem of Jesus robe and was healed.  People were often fascinated when listening to Jesus, such as Mary sitting at his feet... or the teachers listening to Jesus when he was fourteen years old.  Here, two thieves are in the presence of Jesus and it has had an effect on one thief.  During the mocking, one thief rebuked the other saying: “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”  This thief is actually making a confession to Jesus and witnessing to the other thief.  He calls on Jesus: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  Jesus takes his confession and absolves him when he says “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  Even while Jesus is nailed to the cross, he has compassion and forgiveness.  I pray: O Lord, you are a forgiving Lord.  You are our Savior, here to save us from our sins.  We repent and confess that we are sinners and you absolve us with your forgiveness and offer eternal life and heaven.  We are forever grateful.  Amen.

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