Second Wednesday of Lent: “Today, you will be with Me in paradise…”

Thanks to all who attended our Wednesday noon Lent service!  I’m really enjoying seeing you mid-week!  Pastor Ken

Today we consider the greatest travesty of justice that ever occurred: the day that the only sinless, truly innocent Man that ever lived was sentenced to death by crucifixion. The very thought of the innocent Man, Jesus Christ, punished for the sins of others, causes us to rightfully fear God, and to stand in awe of such a complete, ruthless application of divine justice. And yet, we see the end of such justice—that those who call on the Crucified Lamb of God for salvation receive the promise of eternal life with Christ, in paradise.

I. At the cross, we learn of the guiltiness of man.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve.

A. Each criminal was guilty, and under punishment for his crimes

B. Each criminal made choice, given what he knew of himself, and what he observed in Jesus.

C. Each criminal was certain to die—that day, for his crimes.

II. At the cross, we learn of the innocence of Jesus.
But this man has done nothing wrong.”

III. At the cross, we learn of salvation through faith alone, in Jesus alone.
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. “43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

A. We are saved because Jesus if faithful to “remember” us.

B. Our salvation is assured—it cannot be lost: “I tell you the truth”

C. Our salvation is immediate—we do not wait for it: “today”

D. Our salvation is personal—between us and Jesus: “you will be with Me”

(Responsive reading)

All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.

But the Lord has laid on Him the sin of us all.

Lord, have mercy on us for our sins against You.

Jesus, remember us when You come into Your kingdom!

Lord, have mercy on us for our sins against each other.

Jesus, remember us when You come into Your kingdom!

Lord, have mercy for sinful words spoken.

Jesus, remember us when You come into Your kingdom!

Lord, have mercy for sinful thoughts contemplated.

Jesus, remember us when You come into Your kingdom!

Lord, have mercy on us for sinful actions performed.

Jesus, remember us when You come into Your kingdom!

What will become of those who call on the Lord?

All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved!

 

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