TWO THIEVES – TWO CHOICES… (Derived from Max Lucado’s book – 3:16)
Romans 8:1… Therefore, there is NO CONDEMNATION for those who are IN CHRIST JESUS.
Ever wonder why there were two crosses next to Christ? Why not six or ten? Ever wonder why Jesus was in the center? Why not on the far right or far left? Could it be that the two crosses on the hill symbolize one of God’s greatest gifts? THE GIFT OF CHOICE.
The two criminals have so much in common. Convicted by the same system. Condemned to the same death. Surrounded by the same crowd. Equally close to the same Jesus. In fact, they begin with the same sarcasm… “The two criminals also said cruel things to Jesus” (Matthew 27:44)
But one CHANGED. “He said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Jesus said to him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise’” (Luke 23:42-43)
Think about that thief who repented for a minute. Though we know little about him, we know this… He made some bad mistakes in his life. He chose the wrong crowd, the wrong morals, the wrong behavior. But would you consider his life a waste? Is he spending eternity reaping the fruit of all the bad choices he made? No… just the opposite. He’s actually enjoying the fruit of the one good choice he made! In the end all his bad choices were redeemed by a solitary good one.
You’ve probably made some bad choices in your life, haven’t you? You look back over your life and say things like… “If only… if only I could make up for those bad choices.” Well… YOU CAN!
One Good Choice for ETERNITY offsets a thousand bad ones on the earth! Start TODAY by CHOOSING better – by CHOOSING to LIVE DAILY for HIM and not for YOU!
THE CHOICE IS YOURS!