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The Thief On The Cross - Luke 23:32-43
By Christopher W. French
A short Bible Devotion reflecting on the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ!
Video created March 29, 2007  Running time 4min 19sec
The thief on the cross with Jesus is one of my favorite Bible readings, it displays the power of the Gospel in a mighty way! Imagine a man living his life
as a criminal and thief, and then one day, by the grace of God, he is completely forgiven for all his sins, washed clean as white as snow and welcomed
into Heaven, to live with Jesus in paradise for all eternity! Through this man's faith in Christ, he received full forgiveness for all his sins, no matter how
great or small they were. Even his faith in Christ was a gift from God, for without it, he would have been blind to see that Jesus was the Christ, the Son
of God. As like the thief hanging on the cross, it's not about what we do for God, rather, it's all about what God has done for us, through His mercy and
shed blood on the Cross at Calvary. As Christians, we do good works because we are saved, not to be saved and earn our salvation. For it is Christ
who lives within us that works, therefore, He gets all the credit, for He is the Vine and we are the branches. For this very reason, Jesus came to earth to
die in our place, to be punished for all our sins, and by His wounds we are healed! Praise God!!!

Ephesians 2:8-10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

2 Corinthians 6:1-2
As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For he says,

"In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you."

I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.

Praise God we have a Savior and Friend, who knows all our weaknesses and faults, our deepest most inner thoughts and secrets, and yet still loves us
so dearly! Creator of Heaven and Earth, Almighty God, Maker of all mankind...Who loves us so much, that He came down from His Heavenly
Throne, humbled Himself and became human flesh, allowed sinful and lost people to nail Him to a cross to shed His innocent blood, so that poor sinful
and corrupt people like us could receive forgiveness of sins, eternal life and peace with God!

Imagine if you were there that day when Jesus was hanging on that horrible cross, and your eyes met with His. We might imagine He sees guilt, but His
eyes show love. We might imagine He sees shame, but His eyes show compassion. We imagine He sees all our miserable sins, but His eyes show
forgiveness. Our eyes would see His innocent and precious blood running down that torturous cross, and we would know in our hearts...like never
before, just how much Jesus really does love us! Through the suffering and bitterness of Jesus at Calvary, we receive unceasing mercies, unspeakable
joy, and peace with God for all eternity! Thank You dear Jesus!!
Christopher W. French

Bible reading in the video;
Luke 23:32-43

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When 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. 34 Jesus said,
"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."  
And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the
Chosen One."

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"

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

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

43 Jesus answered him,
"I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."  
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A Little "Heaven Humor"
A man dies and St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter says, "Here's how it works. You need 100 points
to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you've done, and I give you a certain number of points for each
item, depending on how good it was.
"Okay," the man says, "I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, even in my heart."
"That's wonderful," says St.Peter, "that's worth three points!"
"Three points?" he says. "Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithe and service."
"Terrific!" says St. Peter; "Thats certainly worth a point."
"One point!?!!" The man gulps. "I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans."
"Fantastic, that's good for two more points," he says.
"Two points!?!! "Exasperated, the man cries. "At this rate the only way I'll get into heaven is by the grace of God."
"Bingo, 100 points!" Says St Peter. "Come on in!"
Watch an inspiring video by Pastor Francis Chan about the true meaning of life, you will be glad you did! Click here