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The Man In The Middle

  • One of the criminals who was hanged insulted him, saying, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!" But the other answered, and rebuking him said, "Don't you even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." He said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom." Jesus said to him, "Assuredly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise." Luke 23:39-43 WEB.

    Three men were nailed to wooden crosses and raised high in the air, naked and exposed for all to see. There, they slowly died. The two men on the sides were thieves, while the Man in the middle was Jesus Christ. While they hung there, one of the thieves had a change of heart. With only minutes left in his life, he made things right with God. Jesus told him: "Today, you will be with Me in paradise."

    In Romans, the Apostle Paul wrote: "But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart;" that is, the word of faith which we preach: that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed." (Romans 10:8'10 WEB).

    That is what the thief did. He saw Jesus as a King, then he asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom. But what did the thief's family think? He had lived his life as a villain, robbing and stealing from others. He met his end with capital punishment. You can bet his family and friends thought this man went to hell, but he didn't.

    If you have lost a loved one who was not right with God, take hope, knowing that God is merciful. He is gracious. Even if they had seconds left and whispered a prayer, they are probably living happily in paradise. Only God knows who will be there and who will not.

    If you are reading this, know that Jesus is still the Man in the middle. He stands in the gap for us. If you turn to Him, you will be saved, but it is a choice that only you can make. Both thieves had Jesus beside them. They both had the opportunity, but one man remained lost at the end of the day while the other was saved. This choice is yours to make and yours alone.

    Prayer: Jesus, if it was not too late for the thief on the cross, then I believe it is not too late for me. Come into my life and be my Lord today. I choose You. Please forgive me for my mistakes, help me learn from them, and live a good life for You from this day on. In Your name, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck My Lord, thank you for being Merciful!
Mar 3
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah..... Praise the Lord Hallelujah
Mar 3
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

I am so very grateful for the man in the middle, our precious Lord Jesus. I am free and I know it in my heart. Thank you Dion for such a special devotional. God bless you and Sylvia and may RHM continue to guide those lost to Jesus.

Mar 3
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Thank You Lord Yeshua for being our King, high priest in heaven ,righteous judge and Savior. Thank You for being the link to Father Yahweh for us.

Mar 3
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You for saving me

Mar 3
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

These words make me weep because GOD IS GOOD

Thank you dear Jesus. 

Mar 3
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Mar 3
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for all of your Blessings. Thank You for being in my life. Amen

Mar 3
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thank You Father For Your Forgiveness Amen

Mar 3
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Mar 3
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

Mar 3
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,God is awesome.

Mar 3
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Praise God for he is our rock 

Mar 3
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Jesus for the free gift of salvation and thank you for giving us a choice to live for you or to live for ourselves I love you.

Mar 3
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Thank You Heavenly Father for giving us Your Son Jesus as our Savior, to give us our salvation and forgiveness. We love You Lord and always be praising Your Holy Name forever, In His Holy Name we pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for this message, God bless you both, Amen. 

Mar 3
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Thank you for standing in the gap for us Lord Jesus, thank you that we can confess that you are our Messiah, amen

Mar 3
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: Mar 3

Amen! Thank you Lord for the most precious and ultimate gift of our salvation, and secondly, thank you Lord for the gift and ability of exercising our free will to make the right or wrong choice!!! The best choice I ever made was to choose You and to ask You to be my Lord and Savior! As You stood in the gap please give me the courage and strength to stand in the gap, so that others could see You and choose You!! Amen!

Mar 3
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Mar 3
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you for this awesome devotion! I pray that all of our families come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and receive salvation Amen!

 

Mar 3