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9/29 Luke 23-24

These last  2 chapters of Luke cover the trial, crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection.  In Luke 23 we read about the criminals crucified with Jesus.  It is a true example of the believer and unbeliever.  One hurled insults at Jesus and wanted him to get him out of the situation he was in.  The other must of been a believer because for one, he blasted the other criminal for what he was saying.  Two, he feared God.  Three, he asked Jesus to remember him.   Whether those simple words equated to belief in Jesus and acceptance, we cannot be sure, but it must of been.  Jesus’ next words were to say to the criminal “today you will be with me in paradise”  It kind of reminds me of the way Zacchaeus received his salvation.

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.”

Then in Luke 24 we read this:

45Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Jesus at this point is giving them their marching orders.  Preach repentance and forgiveness in His name.  He gave them one spectacular gift and told them to wait on a second.  The first was that he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.  I think to me that in itself would be worth it’s weight in gold.  How many times do we struggle trying to understand what we read, only to think we have it figured out, and then decide that we are not quite sure.  The second gift, well if you are a Christian then you have already received what they received, the Holy Spirit.   Maybe we could trust the Holy Spirit to help us with our understanding of God’s Word.

Note to Self:  Trust the Holy Spirit

September 29, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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