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09/16/2011

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The Three Crosses


"I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise" (Lk.23:43)

To further the shame of Jesus' death, he was hung between two criminals. As the saga unfolds, we see the plight and choices of man laid out before our very eyes. "One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: 'Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!'" (V 39) In a sense, each of us are criminals to sin. This man knew who Jesus was, and through his hurling of insults rejected the Son of God. I think that his suffering just made him more bitter and humanity closed. Lets get a glimpse at the other criminal..."Then he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom'" (V 42). This man has humanity opened to him as he rebukes the other man and confesses his sin and guilt. This is certainly the epitome of what we might call a "deathbed confession." Being saved at the last minute might bother us, but it certainly didn't bother Jesus. Jesus had the power to forgive the sins of the criminal as he did the sins of the worst people of his day. You see, the real story here lies at the center cross. Jesus was the dividing line then just as he is today. The hanging between two criminals only heightened his ability to achieve his purpose. The real story of the center cross lies in the choices that Jesus allows us to make. "He is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2Pet.3:9). Jesus offers us the same choices that he offered the criminals.. Not another chance, but another way to live...Jesus, remember me....

Have a great day...Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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