#2 of Jesus Seven Sayings From the Cross

Word of Salvation Luke 23:43

The second of the words of Jesus from the cross was in response to the request of the penitent thief. I don’t believe it was an accident that Jesus was crucified between two thieves. I believe it to be part of the providence of God. Could it be that Jesus was placed between two thieves to: {God is in control}

show Him as our substitute
represent the act of salvation
show the sovereignty of God {supreme power & control}

Of the two men crucified with Jesus, both were:
wicked
saw & heard
suffering
dying – {all lost people are dying}
in need of forgiveness

We have seen in scripture, heard the Word and some still turn away

In the salvation of the dying thief is the clear view of victorious grace. “By grace are you saved.” Ephesians 2:8-9

His conversion took place before:
the hour of darkness
the rendering of the temple veil
the earthquake
the centurion’s confession

I. Take a look at a representative sinner

It is not until we find in this dying thief a portrayal of ourselves that we shall join in saying, ‘Lord, remember me.’ A lost person is a thief. He is robbing God.

Christ created you to serve Him, but as a lost person, you’re serving satan.

Every person sent into this world is sent of God. He is endowed with talents from God, blessings from God given to you and to me., and have his needs met by the hand of God. But as a lost person you are serving another master, satan!

II. Take a look at that man has to come to the end of himself before he can be saved

The thief was helpless. For salvation we must see ourselves as sinners. Next is to see ourselves as helpless. To know there is NOTHING we can do to help ourselves. It is not by works of righteousness are we saved but by His mercy God saves us. [Titus 3:5]

When you come to the end of your rope and are tempted to tie a knot and hang on, don’t do it! Instead, Let Go& Let God.

A realization of your sinful condition, of your helpless condition is nothing more or less than old fashioned conviction of sin. The sole requirement for coming to Jesus Christ for salvation.

III. Take a look at the meaning of faith & repentance

Repentance is:
not simply saying I’m sorry
to realize your lost condition
to discover our present destiny.
to judge ourselves

This is what took place in the life of the repentant thief. He recognized he was receiving his just reward. He recognized death was due him.

If you are here and you are lost, I plead with you, openly confess your sins to Jesus. Pass from judgment upon yourself and your ways. Are you ready to agree that death is due you?

Where are you going to be 100 years from now?

IV. Take a look at a marvelous spiritual insight

We discover seven things the thief learned of the Holy Spirit.
He believed in a future life {when thou comest}
He saw his own sinfulness {we receive our just reward}
He bore testimony to Christ’ sinlessness {this man has done nothing wrong}
He testified Christ as Lord {‘Lord, remember me.’}
He believed in Christ as Savior
He had faith in Heaven {into thy kingdom}
He looked to the Second Coming {when thou comest}

V. Take a look at the destination of the saved at death

[TODAY] shalt thou be [WITH ME] in paradise! These are the words of Jesus! That same word is for believers. The unbeliever is going to the place of torment. Going to Hell. Is that where you’re wanting to spend eternity? Where are you headed?

VI. Take a look at the longing of the Savior for fellowship

Resource: Arthur W. Pink, Seven Sayings of Jesus

Until Next Time

Hoss

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About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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