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The Wrong Choice

by on January 20, 2014

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The Wrong Choice  

Luke 23:32-43

Jesus was crucified between the two criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. The name calvary comes from the Latin calvario which means a “skull.” The prophet Isaiah had prophesied that two criminals would be crucified with Jesus. Isaiah 53:12

While they were nailing Jesus to the cross, He repeatedly prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus was practicing what He preached when He said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Sometimes it is very difficult for us to forgive people. We often harbor an unforgiving spirit in our hearts. Someone hurts us, says something against us, and in our hearts we cannot forgive that person.

One of the criminals hanging there insulted Jesus by saying, “Are you not the Christ?  Save yourself and us!” The Greek says that this criminal prayed this prayer repeatedly.  He didn’t say that prayer one time, he said it repeatedly. He wasn’t asking to be saved from sin.  HE WAS ASKING TO BE SAVED FROM THE CROSS. In my heart, I believe he wasn’t asking to be saved. He wanted to get off that cross so that he could go back to his old lifestyle. The two criminals were dying on the cross because of wrong choices they had made in their lives. All of our lives we are going to be confronted with choices (decisions) and if we make the wrong choices, it’s going to painfully affect us the rest of our lives.

Wrong Choices In My Life: I along with many other people am guilty of making some serious wrong choices in my life. Time & time again, I seem to do what I know I shouldn’t do. My parents told me many times not to do things that I ended up doing. Suffice it to say, I’m a master of bad decisions. I was like the two criminals on the cross. The thieves were dying on the cross because they had made wrong choices in their lives. The criminals were confronted with one last choice. One thief made the wrong choice. One thief said, “Get me down so I can go back and sin again.” The other thief made the right choice. The other thief said, “Remember me Lord, when You come into Your Kingdom.” Jesus told the other thief, “Today you will be with Me in paradise.” One day I was confronted with another choice. The decision was whether to repent and accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior or to reject Him. This could have been the last choice that I would ever make in my life. I remember the day I made my decisions to make Jesus Lord and Savior of my life. For the first time in my life, I made the right choice.

Today, I want to encourage you to make the best decision you can ever make. Give your life to Jesus, ask Him to forgive you for all of your sins. And if you are backslidden, come back to Jesus, He will welcome you with open arms, just repent, and ask Him to forgive you.

I pray that you have a blessed week!

Expect a Miracle,

Pastor Jubal

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