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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Notice the thief’s understanding of the sinlessness of Jesus: “ ... this man has done nothing wrong.” Not just nothing worthy of crucifixion, but nothing wrong at all. Knowing that Jesus was the Messiah, he could now recall his knowledge of him through the Scriptures. He knew that the Messiah had to be without spot - a lamb without blemish. He knew that an imperfect lamb made an imperfect sacrifice which was no covering for sin, and was like a man expecting a torn raincoat to keep out the rain. The Messiah had to be perfect, and since he now believed that Jesus was the Messiah he knew that he was without sin. In contrast, think of the thief’s own estimation of himself: “ ... we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds ...”
What happiness this testimony must have brought to the heart of Jesus! His own disciples were not able to comfort him; he was surrounded by Jews who were cynical, Romans who were sarcastic, and a bloodthirsty crowd who derided him. Yet, like a still small voice from the midst of the fury, came the testimony of a thief. If Jesus, of whom it is written that “he was in all points tempted like as we are,” needed any voice to impart strength in those cruel moments of agony, surely no angel could have done more. If, as we believe, God used the thief to impart courage and to direct the thoughts of Jesus to the Kingdom, he used a mortal - nay, a condemned mortal who, humanly speaking, could do nothing. How often God does use the weak things of this world as instruments of His purpose. Elihu, a young man, was used to bring words of wisdom to those much older; a raven, an unclean bird, was used to feed God’s great prophet Elijah; and later a woman, a widow and a Gentile, to support him through the famine. To those who humbly and with faith seek Him, God will come and they will know His salvation.
Who would have thought Jesus could have converted yet another in such circumstances? We might sometimes complain about the design of the hall where we meet, but never have we had to contend with such limitations. The speaking rostrum was a cross, and the speaking brother nailed cruelly to it, the audience violent and abusive; there were just a few friends afar off and two thieves by his side. Humanly speaking, no good could come of this; but right to the end by his words and behaviour, Jesus held forth the principles of God’s kingdom. The power of God knows no limitation. Provided we have satisfied ourselves that the best has been done in the circumstances, the rest can be committed to God in prayer. How much better to pray before than grumble afterwards.

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