Three Crosses (#241)
Bible version used: NIV
There they crucified him (Jesus), along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left. 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 and said to 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 23:32, 39-43
One man died in sin.
He was a dying sinner.
He died with sin in him.
THE CROSS OF REJECTION
This is the cross of many today. Like the criminal, they sneer at the cross and hurl insults at the Christ. To his many sins the criminal added the greatest sin of all: unbelief. Of such Jesus said: “If you do not believe that I am the one
I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.” John 8:24.
One man died for sin.
He was a dying Saviour.
He died with sin upon him.
THE CROSS OF REDEMPTION
This cross is the wonder of all time. The sins upon Jesus were the sins of the world. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16. By this cross, Jesus won heaven for all who believe.
One man died to sin.
He was a dying saint.
He died with sin
taken from him.
THE CROSS OF RECEPTION
This criminal believed, and as
a result, his sins were cancelled by Jesus. He had no time for good works or going to church – only faith in Jesus Christ. What a day! Morning in sin; noon in grace; night in glory. His home in heaven will be shared by all who have faith
in Jesus Christ.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, by becoming a curse for us.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
You must decide what you are going to do about this Jesus who died on the center cross. You can reject or accept his sacrifice for you. If you are ready to accept Jesus, here is a prayer:
“Jesus, I accept your sacrifice on the cross for me. I repent of my sins. Remember me now, and take me to be with you when I die. Amen.”