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The Man In The Middle

  • 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 23:39-43 ESV 

    Three men were nailed to crosses, naked and exposed for all to see. Two were thieves and the Man in the middle was Jesus. As they slowly died, one of the thieves repented while he was hanging on the cross. With only minutes left in his life, he made things right with God and Jesus told him, "Today you will be with Me in paradise."

    In Romans the scripture reads “because, if you 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 and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9–10 ESV)

    The thief did just that, he believed that Jesus was coming into His kingdom as a King, and then he asked Jesus to remember him. But what did the thieves family think? He had lived his life as a villain, robbing and stealing from others and then died by capital punishment. You can bet that his family thought this man went to hell. 

    If you have lost a loved one who was not right with God, take hope knowing that God is merciful, He is gracious, and even if they had seconds left and whispered a prayer, they will be waiting happily in paradise. Only God knows who will be there and who will not. If you are still here, know that Jesus is still the Man in the middle. 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 and had the opportunity, but one man remained lost, while one man was saved.


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