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Extravagant mercy for the asking!

Scripture reading for April 12th: Judges 9-11, Psalm 17, Luke 23

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 was crucified, an innocent man, to pay for the sins of all mankind. On His right and left, were two guilty criminals receiving what was due them under Roman law. As they hung there knowing death was immanent, one of the criminals mocked Jesus, ridiculing His claim to be Christ. The other criminal simply called out to Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom, indicating that he believed Jesus was a king and would be receiving a kingdom. Jesus gave an amazing response: “Today you will be with Me in Paradise.” This response gives hope to all lost sinners. If we will come in faith believing in Jesus, He will give mercy in abundance, just for the asking!

Psalm 17:1-2 “Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit! From Your presence let my vindication come! Let Your eyes behold the right.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your abundant mercy. We can trust You to forgive, heal, and deliver if we simply ask. You have done everything necessary for our salvation. Help me to simply ask and rest in Your provision and trust You to do whatever seems good to You. Open doors to share this simple truth and good news with those under the sentence of death.

Judges 10:13-16 “Yet you have forsaken Me and served other gods; therefore I will save you no more. Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.” And the people of Israel said to the Lord, “We have sinned; do to us whatever seems good to You. Only please deliver us this day.” So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord, and He became impatient over the misery of Israel.”

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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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Grace for the humble!

Scripture reading for April 3rd:  Ruth 3-4, 1st Sam. 1-2, 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.””  

Luke records a conversation between those crucified on Calvary that day.  One thief mocked Jesus and His claim to be the Christ.  The other pleaded with Jesus for mercy.  One got no reply, but Jesus promised the second a trip to Paradise.  Ruth, appealed to Boaz, and received her eternal reward!

Ruth 3:8-9  “At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet!  He said, “Who are you?”  And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant.  Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” 

 

 

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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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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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