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Grace Changes Everything

Four groups of people at the cross

As Jesus hung on the cross, we find four different groups of people who were there to see the Son of God die. Out of these four groups, one discovered that grace changes everything. At the cross, we find…

  • The religious leaders, who were quite satisfied in getting their way, sneered at him.
  • The people, probably some of them had just days earlier cried “Hosana!”, stood there as spectators.
  • The soldiers mocked him, divided his clothes and cast lots for them.
  • And then there were two criminals crucified with Him, one on each side.

They all challenged Him to demonstrate that if He was God to save Himself and come down from the cross — but if He had, we’d have no hope for salvation. None of them believed that Jesus was Christ, the Messiah. In fact, when a person was crucified, they nailed a sign over their head that stated what their crime was. Jesus’ crime was being exactly who He said He was – “King of the Jews.” They simply didn’t get it. But in the midst of all the people jeering, staring, sneering, and mocking, there was one who did get it. Only one figured out that Jesus was who He said He was. And for, him, it made an eternal difference

The one who rejected grace

Of the two criminals crucified with Jesus, two very different things happen with these men. One of them only thought of himself and how to get out of the situation he was in. He called out to Jesus saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” He really didn’t care if Jesus saved Himself or not. What he really wanted was for Jesus to get him out of his own predicament. In the end, this criminal died and then realized the truth of who Jesus really is when he found himself in Hell for all of eternity – just one breath too late.

The one who found grace

However, hanging on Jesus’ other side, is a story of grace and redemption. The other criminal came to realize and understand the difference between his own guilt and Jesus’ innocence. At some point, he made the realization that Jesus is the Messiah and He asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus came into His kingdom. Jesus’ response was to promise that on that very day, he would join Jesus in Paradise. This criminal found grace that made an eternal difference. Where the other criminal went to hell, this criminal would spend eternity in heaven.

Have you discovered the grace of Christ?

Everyone of us must choose for ourselves who Jesus is. In Matthew 16:15, Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do you say I am?” And He’s asking you the same question today. How will you answer? Have you discovered his grace that forgives sin and gives the free gift of eternal life?

The redemption story of the criminal who chose to believe that Jesus is Christ, shows us that even in the last moments of life we can still choose to believe and accept Jesus as our Savior. However, we don’t always know when that last moment will come and you may not have the chance to decide then. Now is the day the salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” There is no sin too big that God can’t forgive. His salvation is a gift that you only need reach out accept. What will you do Jesus?


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Luke 23:42: Grace Changes Everything

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As Jesus hung on the cross, we find four different groups of people who were there to see the Son of God die. The religious leaders, who were quite satisfied in getting their way, sneered at him. The people, probably some of them had just days earlier cried “Hosana!”, stood there as spectators. The soldiers mocked him, divided his clothes and cast lots for them. And then there were two criminals crucified with Him, one on each side. They all challenged Him to demonstrate that if He was God to save Himself and come down from the cross — but if He had, we’d have no hope for salvation. None of them believed that Jesus was Christ, the Messiah. In fact, when a person was crucified, they nailed a sign over their head that stated what their crime was. Jesus’ crime was being exactly who He said He was – “King of the Jews.” They simply didn’t get it. But in the midst of all the people jeering, staring, sneering, and mocking, there was one who did it. Only one figured out the Jesus was who He said He was.

Of the two criminal crucified with Jesus, two very different things happen with these two men. One of them only thought of himself and how to get out of the situation he was in. He called out to Jesus saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” He really didn’t care if Jesus saved Himself or not. What he really wanted was for Jesus to get him out of his own predicament. In the end, this criminal died and then realized the truth of who Jesus really is when he found himself in Hell for all of eternity – just one breath too late.

However, hanging on Jesus’ other side, is a story of redemption. The other criminal came to realize and understand the difference between his own guilt and Jesus’ innocence. At some point, he made the realization that Jesus is the Messiah and He asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus came into His kingdom. Jesus’ response was to promise that on that very day, he would join Jesus in Paradise.

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Luke 23:42. Lord, Remember Me

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As Jesus hung on the cross, four different groups made fun of Jesus. The religious rules sneered at him. The people in general stood there as spectators. The soldiers mocked him and divided his clothes and cast lots for them. Even one of the criminals crucified with him mocked him. They all challenged Him to demonstrate that if He was God to save Himself and come down from the cross — but if He had, we’d have no hope for salvation. None of them believed that Jesus was Christ, the Messiah. In the midst of all the people jeering, sneering, and mocking, only one really got it. Only one figured out the Jesus was who He said He was.

Crucified with Jesus was two criminals. One hung and His left and one on His right. But two very different things happen with these two men. One of them only thought of himself and how to get out of the situation he was in. He called out to Jesus saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” He really didn’t care if Jesus saved Himself or not. What he really wanted was for Jesus to get him out of his own predicament. In the end, this criminal died and then realized the truth of who Jesus really is when he found himself in Hell for all of eternity – just one breath too late.

However, hanging on Jesus’ other side, is a story of redemption. The other criminal came to realize and understand the difference between his own guilt and Jesus’ innocence. At some point, he made the realization that Jesus is the Messiah and He asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus came into His kingdom. Jesus’ response was to promise that on that very day, he would join Jesus in Paradise.

Everyone of us must choose for ourselves who Jesus is. The redemption story of the criminal who chose to believe that Jesus is Christ shows us that even in the last moments of life we can still choose to believe and accept Jesus as our Savior. There is no sin too big that God can’t forgive. His salvation is a gift that you only need reach out accept. What will you do Jesus?

 

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