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Passion: The Criminal

March 25, 2018 – Pastor Jon Spallino, Lead Pastor



The Passion Week of Jesus changed everything. One moment the crowds were celebrating him as their king. The next moment they are calling for Jesus’ crucification. Jesus’ last moments not only have profound implications on our Christian life. This week Jesus shows freedom to a criminal that represented humanity. The story of the criminals on the cross beside Jesus.


Luke 23:32-43

32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[b] And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him,[c] “This is the King of the Jews.”
39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[d] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 
40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

GOING FURTHER

1. Is there something keeping you from believing the key beliefs of who Jesus is?

2. Define salvation.

3. How does knowing that your salvation insured allow you to live for today?


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“You have been saved from sin, for God, for the Church, and for the World.” Pastor Jon Spallino