This Week's Sermon ( 8-23-18 )

" And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 
But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.  "   Luke 23:39-43

One of the 2 criminals being executed for crimes they committed, might have eaves dropped in on some of Jesus' sermons during His 3 year ministry. He no doubt was aware of the miracles Jesus performed.

It is interesting that this criminal, even knowing about Jesus and His ministry, continued his life of crime until he was executed. 

When it came time to die, he knew he was going to burn in eternal hell.

All the other criminal cared about was avoiding death. He no doubt knew that he would end up in hell too.

The criminal who evidently listened to Jesus, when it came time to die, just hours before he died, made the decision to believe in this guy hanging on a cross next to him, named Jesus.

He rebuked the other criminal and told him the 2 of them were getting what they deserved.

He told the other criminal that Jesus never did anything wrong.

This criminal asked Jesus to let him be with Him when Jesus would go into His kingdom.

Jesus responded by saying He would.

My friend, Jesus will forgive anyone, even in our dying moment, if we would just do like this criminal did... acknowledge our sins, confess up, put our faith in God's only begotten Son Jesus,and ask for His mercy.

God became flesh and blood in His only begotten Son Jesus and came to die for our sins that we have committed in order to save us from eternal hell and to be with Him forever, if we would just only believe in His Son Jesus.

This criminal that put his faith in Jesus had no time to be baptized in water, he had no time to join a church, he had no time to pay tithes, he had no time to make right the wrong that he did to others, he had no time to do good works and Jesus still forgave him because this criminal chose to believe in Jesus.

If we know people who are dying of cancer or whatever disease, we need to let them know Jesus will forgive and save them if they would choose to put their faith in Him before they die.

I have known friends who have died and knowing they were getting close to death, I told them to put their faith in Jesus.

Always keep your faith in Jesus.

Wayne Brown