The Promise of the Crucified One

The thief that hung by Jesus’ side said, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” Our Lord’s compassionate reply was, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:42-43).

Who was this man who could make such a promise to a thief that had wronged society and was no paying for his crime? Well, there are those who would say He was nothing more than a man, just some religious zealot who stirred up the people. Others would say He was a great teacher, a tremendous example for all mankind. Others would say He was a great prophet sent from God to bring revelation and to show us how to live.

It is true that Jesus was a great example, teacher and prophet. However, He was more than that; He was God manifest in the flesh. Jesus Christ was God who became flesh in order that He might die for the sins of mankind. This is why He could speak with authority and promise a criminal who believe that he would, that very day, be with Him in paradise.

On the cross, Jesus paid the price of our sins by shedding His own precious blood. The Bible says, “Whosoever believeth in Him, hath everlasting life” (John 3:36).

Now the important question is: Have you believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as you Saviour? Have you asked Him to come into your heart?

Easter Sunday would be a great day to commit your life to Christ.

Pastor Ron Killingbeck

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