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A victory of grace

Part 2 of 7 "7 Words from the cross" in the Spring 2016 VISION Newsletter

Luke 23:43 - Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.

A victory of grace over judgement.

Jesus gives a gift to one of the two criminals also being crucified based upon the man’s humility and recognition of Jesus as the Son of God, even if at the last minute of his life. The phrase seems to indicate a pardon from judgement and an invitation into paradise and the presence of Christ.

  • We deserve to die but this man has done nothing wrong (ref. Luke 23:41).
  • The wages of sin is death (what we earned) but the gift (what we were given but didn’t deserve) of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23).
  • Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom (Luke 23:42). The man’s request is critical. He didn’t ask for relief from pain or death.

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