A Hill with THREE Crosses… Which one is yours? (reblog)

This is re-blogged from November, 2010.

This is Holy Week. No better time to ponder the questions raised here:

All four of the Gospels talk about the three crosses on the hill of Golgotha:

John 9:18: “Here they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side and Jesus in the middle. “

Matthew 27:38: “Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.”
Matthew 27:44: “In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.”

Mark 15:27: “They crucified two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left.”
Mark 15:32b: “Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.”

Luke 23:32-33: “32Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right, the other on his left.”
Luke 23″39-43″ “39One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

40But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

43Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

John gives nothing more about the criminals crucified with Jesus. Matthew and Mark say that they hurled insults at Him. but read carefully the passages from Luke.

One mocked Jesus and called upon Him to save all of them for no other reason that, if truly the Son of God, Jesus could.

The other acknowledged his sin (confessed), feared God (accepted Jesus as the Messiah) and asked to be remembered (repented.)

By that faith, even at the last moment, this man was saved. “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

My dear friends, it is never too late. Our loving Savior waits with open arms.

The choice is ours. Choose the cross on the right or the cross on the left.

Shalom,
Art

Alive in The Word

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7 Responses to A Hill with THREE Crosses… Which one is yours? (reblog)

  1. Reblogged this on ChristianBlessings and commented:

    Holy Week:

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  3. The three crosses present a challenge to the world.

    One cross shows a sinner dying *IN* his sin.
    (Thankfully, I am not there, because my loving Father called me to Himself through the Lord Jesus 53 years ago)

    One cross shows a sinner dying *TO* his sin.
    (He didn’t have much time to show the fruits of a new life or to enjoy the blessings of redemption, and victory over the devil, but sin did not rob him of eternal bliss)

    The central cross divides all humanity into one of those two categories.
    It shows the Redeemer who died *FOR* sinners, not because of His own sin, but because of mine.
    He calls me to reckon myself as dead – as dead to sin and self – because He has overcome. I am crucified with Christ, and live in His resurrection power.

    So, which cross? I choose the central cross – but I am only able to do that because my loving Father first brought me to the second cross of the thief, dying TO his sin. Now, I willingly give Him the rights to my life – and for the last 53 years He has proven to be all I need.

  4. granbee says:

    Indeed, it is never too late, as long as there is breath to draw, Brother Art! I am playing catchup, as you can see, after a most busy Holy Week and long Easter holiday weekend. Very blessed this time was, too! Now I am being blessed again all over during this blessed Easter Week by reviewing and responding to such inspirational Holy Week posts–spiritual gifts to empower me all year!

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  6. writinggomer says:

    Good reblog Art, thank you.

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