Message from a Thief

today's reading.
Luke 23:26-49   And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus...

the blog.
Two thieves were crucified with Jesus. One thief defiantly taunts Jesus about being "the Christ," but the other has a different heart. He reprimands the other thief for his worldly thinking and says "'Do you not fear God for you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong'" (Luke 23:4-41). I was struck by this man's understanding. His words were a powerful reminder to me of God's grace and the fact that Jesus paid the penalty for all of my sin (my "due reward") as he hung and died on the cross. 

So what does Jesus' death mean for you personally? Would you take a few minutes today to think about what Jesus did for you, and then do two things? First, thank Jesus, and then tell someone else about what Jesus did for them. Tami

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