Pride or Paradise –

Read (Mt 27.33-44, Mk 15.22-32, Lk 23.33-43, Jn 19.16b-27) – I am amazed when I contrast the reactions of the two criminals crucified with Jesus. The first criminal, even in his pain and impending death, he arrogantly mocks the Savior. I guess he wanted to go out in a blaze of glory showing that he was still in control. No respect and no remorse. On the other hand you have the epitome of brokenness and humility. The second criminal acknowledges his own guilt and then pleads with the Savior and King; “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” This simple act of contrition, repentance, and faith receives this amazing response from the Messiah; “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” So simple and yet powerful (and eternal!). Have you come before Jesus in this simple way of acknowledging your failure and His right to judge or forgive? Are you telling others about this amazing King?

Author: Chuck & Deb

Chuck & Deb love Jesus!

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