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JESUS’ TRIAL, DEATH AND HOW A CRIMINAL ON A CROSS FINDS SALVATION

One of my best Bible passage is JESUS’ TRIAL AND DEATH.....In Luke 23:39-43, How a criminal on a cross finds salvation.

One of the criminals crucified with Jesus joined in the mockery and scorn. He reasoned that if Jesus were the Messiah, He should save those who are being crucified with Him.

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One of the criminals who were hanged there was [a]hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving [c]what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
Both Matthew (Matthew 27:44) and Mark (Mark 15:32) indicate that both criminals mocked Jesus. Though at first they both mocked Jesus, in the hours spent on the cross, one of the criminals came to see things differently, and to actually put his trust in Jesus.

· This second criminal respected God (Do you not even fear God).

· He knew his own sin (under the same condemnation . . . we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds).

· He knew Jesus (this Man has done nothing wrong).

· He called out to Jesus (he said to Jesus).

· He called out to Jesus as Lord (he said to Jesus, “Lord . . .”).

· He believed Jesus was who Jesus said He was (remember me when You come into Your kingdom).

· He believed the promise of everlasting life from Jesus.

Thought: Jesus answered the second criminal far beyond his expectation.

· The thief on the cross had some distant time in mind; Jesus told him today.

· The thief on the cross asked only to be remembered; Jesus said “you will be with Me.”

· The thief on the cross looked only for a kingdom; Jesus promised him Paradise.

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