Friday, March 29, 2013

choose your side... carefully and boldly

"... there they crucified Him, along with the criminals ‑ one on His right, the other on His left.  Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.'.. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him... But the other rebuked him... Then he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.'  Jesus answered him, 'I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.'" Luke 23:33‑43

Jesus, weak and nearly unrecognizable from the lashings, could not drag His cross up the rocky path. Help came from a stranger, not His disciples. The women followed in tears, the men scattered.  

The last "Jungle Book" production brought cheers, smiles and sweet relief.  It delivered everything promised and more. Jesus' last "show" on earth brought the house down, not with cheers but jeers... the people expected more.  But, hold on, because the Last Act is yet to come.  It will not only bring down the house, but will rip the temple's curtain in two from top to bottom.
Even at the very last minute, one criminal chose to acknowledge and accept Christ.  One went to paradise, the other didn't.  It was all about forgiveness.  It was what Jesus was born to do.  It is God's greatest gift and sacrifice to man. 

We, like the criminals, are either on the right or left side of Jesus.  With our speech and/or actions we prove to be denying or accepting Him.  God is willing, waiting, and wanting to receive all into His Kingdom. It's time to get off the path and stand beside Him.  Which side are you on?
The worse hurts in life come from the ones we love... Jesus knows all about that. Thank You, Jesus, for forgiveness. We need to be more like You.
have an Easter‑filled weekend!

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