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“Today, in Paradise!”

Scripture reading for April 2nd: Luke 23

Key Scriptures: Luke 23:38-43 “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.”

In our calendar, today, this Friday, is “Good Friday.” We call it that because our “Good” Savior and King, Jesus Christ, willingly gave His life on the cross of Calvary to atone for the sins of all mankind. He was crucified between two known criminals. His “crime” was claiming to be God’s Son and a King with a kingdom. Pilate had placed on His cross, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals, along with the crowd and the soldiers, mocked Jesus for His claims. The other criminal had heard the same taunts but evidently had heard Jesus’ prayer for those who were crucifying Him: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” He rebuked the first criminal and asked Jesus humbly for mercy, confessing that he believed Jesus was innocent and a King with a kingdom. Jesus’ response brought joy to the suffering sinner and brings joy to all in desperate need of God’s grace! “Today, with Me, in Paradise!” Make that your daily prayer, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

1st Timothy 1:15 “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, my Savior and King, thank You for Your amazing gift of salvation for sinners like me. What “Good News” for the hopelessly lost that You hear the faintest of cry from the dying and condemned. May You empower me and others to proclaim this powerful truth! Today, with Jesus in Paradise!

Luke 23:50-53 “Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid Him in a tomb cut in stone where no one had yet been laid.”

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Faith appeals to God for mercy!

Scripture reading for April 10th:  Judges 9-11, Psalm 17, Luke 23

Key Scriptures:  Luke 23:39-43 “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.””

Jesus had been crucified and hung on the cross between two other criminals.  One mocked Jesus in bitterness and unbelief.  Jesus was silent.  The other rebuked the first, asking if he had not fear of God, the ultimate judge that all must answer to.  He then asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom.  This was a acknowledgement of faith in Jesus and in the resurrection.  To this Jesus broke His silence, simply stating that that man would be with Him before the day was over in Paradise!  On this Good Friday, look to Jesus and humbly appeal to Him for mercy for yourself and others.

Psalm 17:6  “I call upon You, for You will answer me, O God; incline Your ear to me; hear my words.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for hearing my prayer for mercy and for granting me a place in Your kingdom.  Help me today to share the good news of Your mercy towards sinners.  Thank You for Jesus’ great sacrifice and mercy.

Judges 10:10  “And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against You, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.”

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Remember Me Lord Jesus!

Scripture reading for April 3rd:  Luke 23, Psalm 67, Proverbs 5

Key Scriptures: Luke 23:39-43 “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.””

As Jesus hung on the cross, crucified between two criminals, a discussion between them took place.  One criminal mocked Jesus as the “Christ” and made fun of His ability to save them or Himself.  The other criminal rebuked the mocker and reminded him that they were really getting what they deserved but Jesus was innocent.  Then the second criminal made a faith confession.  He asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom!  Jesus immediately answered that that day he would be with Him in Paradise!

Faith Confession:  Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God, The Christ who alone can save me from my sins, and not only me but all who repent and believe in You.  I look forward to Your return!

Proverbs 5:21-22 “For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.  The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.”

 

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A legacy to remember!

Scripture reading for May 13th: Nehemiah 11-13

“Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.”  Nehemiah 13:14

It is a great honor to have God’s smile of approval for the deeds a person has done!  Others have had a record of their accomplishments but God called them “evil” and wrote them down as a bad examples!  Let’s look at Nehemiah’s last four prayers of petition to the Lord, see his heart,  and learn why God answered his prayers with favor!

Nehemiah asked to be remembered for cleansing the temple of Tobiah the Ammonite, who Eliashib the priest had given a room in the temple.  (Nehemiah 13:1-2,7-9)  Nehemiah also found out that the Levites had not received their portion of the tithes and therefore had to return to secular work.  He rebuked the officials who had allowed this and ordered the Levites back to work  in the temple. He reminded the people to bring their tithes into the storehouse and replenish the storerooms that had gone empty.  He knew that they needed to bring their tithes into the temple for their own worship and good!  Faithfulness to God’s house will always be rewarded!

“Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy.  Remember me for this also, O my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love.” Nehemiah 13:22

Nehemiah rebuked the people for doing business on the Sabbath, closed the gates, and warned those bringing goods to remove them on the Sabbath.  (Nehemiah 13:12-18)  He was concerned that God’s wrath would come upon the people for their disrespect of God’s commandment.

“Remember them, O my God, because they defiled the priestly office and the covenant of the priesthood and of the Levites.” Nehemiah 13:29  “Remember me with favor, O my God.” Nehemiah 13:30b

The last recorded deed of Nehemiah was his dealing with mixed marriages in Judah and the priesthood.  (Nehemiah 13:25)  He made them swear not to give their daughters or allow their sons to marry outside the nation of faith.  Wise leaders take action!  In doing so, they are “remembered with favor” by the Lord!   Let Nehemiah’s example inspire your efforts today!

 

 

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Today, in Paradise!

Scripture reading for April 27th: Luke 23:11-43

“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be executed.  When they came to the place called ‘the Skull’, 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.”  And they divided up His clothes by casting lots.” (Luke 23:32-34)  The scene of the crucifixion was on a hill overlooking the city that had a strange shape on it’s vertical face that made it appear to be a human skull.  These Roman soldiers had probably executed criminals there many times.  Jesus was fulfilling prophetic words written by Isaiah that stated He would be numbered with the transgressors.  (Isaiah 53:12)

It is interesting to note Jesus’ prayer from the cross recorded by Luke.  Jesus asked for mercy on those who accused Him falsely and those who nailed Him there following orders.  His thoughts were not on His own needs, but on the needs of those He came to save.  Even as the soldiers gambled for His clothes, His last earthly possession, He was calling on His Father to have mercy on His enemies, just as He had taught!  What an example of grace!  How prayer strengthened Him to avoid temptation!

These two criminals who hung on each side of Jesus heard His prayer.  One of them mocked Jesus and insulted Him, calling on Jesus to save Himself and them.  The other, humbled by Jesus’ prayer and confessing his own sinfulness, rebuked the first criminal for his insults.  “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 23:42-43)

How simple was the response of the second criminal!  A simple plea for remembrance and a confession of belief that Jesus had a kingdom and was a king brought a positive answer from Jesus’ lips.  The truth, according to Jesus, was that even that day, they would both be together in paradise!  Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ?  No matter what you have done or how many things you are guilty of, Jesus stands ready to hear your humble plea and confession of faith!  He came to seek and save that which was lost!  (Luke 19:10)

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King of the Jews!

Scripture reading for February 13th: Matthew 27:35-66, Psalm 33, Proverbs 9:7-8

“When they had crucified Him, they divided up His clothes by casting lots.  And sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.  Above His head they placed the written charge against Him:  THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”  Two robbers were crucified with Him, on on His right and on on His left.  Those who passed by hurled insults at Him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:35-40)

It was the custom to place the charges against the criminal above their heads on the cross where they were crucified.  Pilate had ordered that the charge be “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews”.  The chief priests argued with Pilate  and told him not to write “King of the Jews” but only that Jesus had claimed to be “King of the Jews”. Pilate was resolute and left the sign in place. (John 19:19-22)  It is ironic that the sign was the truth, Jesus was and is still the King of the Jews as well as “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords”!  (Revelation 19:16)

The charge was taken as a joke by the people and soldiers as well as the chief priests.  They mocked and ridiculed their King, taunting Him and hurling insults at Him!   As they had asked for His blood to be upon them and their children, they further incriminated themselves with the mocking.  Little did they understand that this was God’s Son, and their King and Messiah.  They were hardening their hearts before the one who was offering His life to save them!  “He saved others,” they said, “but He can’t save Himself!  He’s the King of Israel!  Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him.” (Matthew 27:42)  Even the robbers who were crucified with Him, heaped insults on Him!

One of the robbers finally did humbly ask Jesus to remember him when he came into  His Kingdom.  Jesus promised him he would be with Him in Paradise that day!  Jesus also prayed for those who had crucified Him and taunted Him.  He asked the Father to forgive them.  This King of Kings is full of mercy and will save any who call on Him!  Have you?

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Remember me O God!

Scripture reading for May 12th: Nehemiah 11-13

Would you like to be remembered by God for the good works?  Nehemiah had the great honor of God’s approval recorded for all to read.  Let’s look at Nehemiah’s last four prayers of petition to the Lord, see his heart,  and learn why God answered his prayers with favor!

“Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.” Nehemiah 13:14

Nehemiah was asking to be remembered for removing Tobiah the Ammonite from the temple.  Nehemiah threw out all his things and cleansed the room where he was staying. (Nehemiah 13:1-2,7-9)  Nehemiah also found out that the Levites had not received their portion of the tithes and therefore had to return to work, neglecting the work in the temple.  He rebuked the officials who had allowed this and ordered the Levites back to work  in the temple.  He reminded the people to bring their tithes into the storehouse and replenish the storerooms.  Nehemiah did this because he loved the Lord’s house and knew what would bless God and His people.  Faithfulness to God’s house is always remembered and rewarded!

“Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy.  Remember me for this also, O my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love.” Nehemiah 13:22

Nehemiah rebuked the people for doing business on the Sabbath, closed the gates, and warned those bringing goods to remove them on the Sabbath.  (Nehemiah 13:12-18)  He was concerned that God’s wrath would come upon the people for their disrespect of God’s commandment.  He was looking out for their welfare and God remembered him for it!

“Remember them, O my God, because they defiled the priestly office and the covenant of the priesthood and of the Levites.” Nehemiah 13:29  “Remember me with favor, O my God.” Nehemiah 13:30b

The last recorded deed of Nehemiah was his dealing with mixed marriages in Judah and the priesthood.  He rebuked the offenders strongly, even beating and pulling out the hair of some of them!  (Nehemiah 13:25)  He made them swear not to give their daughters or allow their sons to marry outside the faith.  Sin requires decisive action or it brings God’s wrath.  Nehemiah was “remembered with favor” by the Lord!

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Today, in Paradise!

Scripture reading for April 27th: Luke 23:11-43

“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be executed.  When they came to the place called the Skull, 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.”  And they divided up His clothes by casting lots.” (Luke 23:32-34)  The scene of the crucifixion was on a hill overlooking the city that had a strange shape on it’s vertical face that made it appear to be a human skull.  These Roman soldiers had probably executed criminals there many times.  Jesus was fulfilling prophetic words written by Isaiah that stated He would be numbered with the transgressors.  (Isaiah 53:12)

It is interesting to note Jesus’ prayer from the cross recorded by Luke.  Jesus asked for mercy on those who accused Him falsely and those who nailed Him there following orders.  His thoughts were not on His own needs, but on the needs of those He came to save.  Even as the soldiers gambled for His clothes, His last earthly possession, He was calling on His Father to have mercy on His enemies, just as He had taught!  What an example of grace!  How prayer strengthened Him to avoid temptation!

These two criminals who hung on each side of Jesus heard His prayer.  One of them mocked Jesus and insulted Him, calling on Jesus to save Himself and them.  The other, humbled by Jesus’ prayer and confessing his own sinfulness, rebuked the first criminal for his insults.  “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 23:42-43)

How simple was the response of the second criminal!  A simple plea for remembrance and a confession of belief that Jesus had a kingdom and was a king brought a positive answer from Jesus’ lips.  The truth, according to Jesus, was that even that day, they would both be together in paradise!  Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ?  No matter what you have done or how many things you are guilty of, Jesus stands ready to hear your humble plea and confession of faith!  He came to seek and save that which was lost!  (Luke 19:10)

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