Message from a Thief
Today's reading: Luke 23:1-56
As I read Luke 23, my attention was drawn to the account of the crucifixion in verses 26-43. Two thieves were crucified alongside Jesus. One thief defiantly taunts Jesus about being "the Christ," but the other has a different heart. He reprimands the first thief for his worldly thinking saying, "'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 23:40-41). I was struck by this man's understanding of the situation. 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.
Take some time today to think about Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. What does Jesus' death and resurrection mean for you personally? Would you thank Him for His sacrifice, and then tell someone else about Jesus and His love for them this weekend? Tami
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