Hope for the Guilty (Luke 23:26-56)

42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43

It is time to own the truth. It is of no value to hide it. You know it to be true about me. Yes, I am a sinner. But I wonder, do you ever forget that you are a sinner.

Consider the impact that sin has in our lives. Sin affects every decision, ever relationship, and every action. Paul writing to the church at Rome said, “For the wages of sin is death…” Rom. 6:23

Sin was so severe that only Jesus coming to this earth could break sin’s hold on us (Rom. 3:21-25).

My question is this: What are you doing about your sin condition?

In Luke’s gospel account we read the story of two sinners who were crucified at the same time Jesus was crucified. Here is their story:

32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[d] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Both men were sinners. We notice that their individual approaches to their sin condition were totally the opposite of each other:

  • One man was filled with anger: He missed who Jesus was. He made fun of Jesus and said, how can you be the Savior. You cannot even save yourself. Sin clouded his heart and mind.
  • One man was filled with humility and repentance. This guy understood who Jesus was and who he was.

He owned His guilt and he received grace!!!

This is where I am today. I am so thankful for Jesus dying in my place so that I could go free. I am so thankful Luke recorded this scene from the cross. I praise God that Jesus is the hope for every guilty person who repents of their sin (I John 1:5-9).

I leave you with these words: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, Romans 6:23.

Rejoice, because like the thief on the cross, we have been redeemed!!!

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