Today You Will Be with Me
Series: Seek & Save
November 17, 2019
Luke 23:32-43, Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with Him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on His right and one on His left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself, if He is the Christ of God, His Chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up and offering Him sour wine and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” There was also an inscription over Him, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals who were hanged railed at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom.” And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Big Idea: Jesus welcomes sinners into eternity... Shouldn't we welcome sinners among us?
1. Every encounter with Jesus is intentional.
Psalm 147:5, Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure.
2. Every encounter with Jesus leads to change.
Matthew 11:4-5, And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.”
3. Every encounter with Jesus determines eternity.
John 14:6, Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
- Have an intentional interaction this week.
- Pray for a positive change of heart.
- Partner with God to change eternity for someone.
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