Message #4 - Palm Sunday “In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with Him kept taunting Him.” They were mocking Him, they both joined in with the crowd and one thief especially bitter.
Text: Luke 23:33-43 (HCSB)
Intro: Three Crosses on Calvary’s Hill
The background: This picture covers humanity, we can all place ourselves next to Christ as a sinner, we have a decision to make, there is a sinner on either side of Christ they both make a decision and the outcome is eternal. Jesus is dying there between two thieves, one dying for sin; one dying in sin; one dying to sin two guilty; one innocent two paying their debts to society; one paying our debt of sin. Visit the Cross and Watch Jesus Win One More Soul.
Application: “One more Soul!”
1. The Compassion of Jesus:
One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” vs. 3 (NLT)
Jesus was compassionate toward His crucifiers: “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing” How consistent this is with His entire ministry. We ought to be compassionate people, we are to be His witnesses and others are to see His compassion in us
“In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with Him kept taunting Him.” They were mocking Him, they both joined in with the crowd and one thief especially bitter.
· Because of Jesus’ compassion He had to die to save one more soul, are you that one?
2. The Comparison Between the Two Thieves:
One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” 40 But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? 41 We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Vs. 39-41 (NLT)
Very little information about the two thieves don’t know their names, ages, backgrounds. Do know they were both guilty and deserved to be executed. Now a difference in the thieves begins to show, one continues his mockery vs. 39 the other becomes convicted of his sins vs. 40–41.
What brought this conviction of sin? The thief compared himself to Jesus: “We indeed justly … but this man” This enables us to see ourselves as we are. One thief tunes out the voice of God; the other listens. One tunes out the cry of conscience; the other responds.
· In which thief do you see yourself? Are you that soul that can be saved?
3. The Conversion of the Penitent Thief:
“Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” 43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Vs. 42-43 (NLT)
Conviction always precedes conversion, in the one thief there was evidence of the work of God in his life
a. He admitted his sin
b. He accepted Christ as his Lord
c. He had never seen a miracle but believed.
The thief saw Christ crucified but called Him Lord he faced death and believed in the resurrection and the Lord’s response to the thief’s prayer: “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
· Will your soul be in paradise?
Conclusion: Jesus Died as He Lived: Reaching Souls … Bringing Salvation How Do You Live? Do You Care for Lost Ones as Jesus Did?
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