THREE CROSSES

Crosses at the Church of God, Allegan, MI.

When Jesus was crucified He was not alone. Two criminals were crucified with Him. The criminals represent two different views of who people thought Jesus was. “One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him: ‘Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!’ But the other criminal rebuked him. ‘Don’t you fear God,’ he said, ‘since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.’ 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 23:39-43). One criminal believed; one did not. At the end of his life one criminal received salvation; the other did not. All of us sin. All of us deserve to be on those crosses paying the price. Jesus, however, paid the price for us. Are you ready to accept Him for who He is, the Lord and Savior of us all, or are you going to be like the other criminal and mock Him? You need to make a choice.

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