Bible Truth Restored

Bible Truth Restored

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.           1 Peter 4:11

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THE GOOD THIEF
 
A release from all suffering has been made possible only through one who, although he knew no sin, was made sin for us, and who “his own self bare our sins in his own body on the cross.”
Now let us look at the verse which really opens up the character of this man: “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). It is a pity that the next verse has claimed so much attention and this particular one so little, because the confession of faith contained here ranks amongst the most sincere and revealing throughout Scripture.
For upwards of three years, the disciples had been at the side of Jesus listening to his words, receiving his guidance and witnessing his miracles. Water had been turned into wine, a meal for one had been used to feed a multitude, a withered arm restored and made whole, the deaf and dumb from birth could now hear and speak, Lazarus, dead for three days had responded to the call of Jesus. Even the sea and waves obeyed him. Yet the record tells us that when Jesus was arrested the disciples forsook him and fled.

Whilst we dare not condemn the faith of those whom Jesus commended in saying “You are they which have continued with me in my temptations,” surely it is to the thief’s credit that under such conditions he could recognize the Messiah.

There were no miracles to inspire his confidence, no three and a half years of close association with Jesus to fall back on; yet he believed. They had seen the son of God in action and believed, but now were troubled; the thief could only see a man dying the same cruel death as he was, and who either could not or would not deliver himself.

Yet, looking upon the shame, the agony, and a frame so obviously human, he could see the son of God! Seeing the cross, he saw the crown. Faith like this is rarely seen even in the pages of Scripture. There is no plea to the Romans to take him down, but simply a request to be remembered by the one who was so obviously dying by his side. How one’s scale of values is changed by faith! How meaningless the things deemed important become, while things normally regarded as obstacles in this life become so full of meaning.

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