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Lord, Does My Denial Disqualify My Calling? —Matthew 26:69-75

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:53-65, Matthew 26:57-68, Mark 14:66-72, Matthew 26:69-75, Luke 22:54-62, John 18:25-27, Mark 15:1, Matthew 27:1-2, Luke 22:66-71, Matthew 27:3-10

Heavenly Father, I really feel bad for Peter:

Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.”

But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said.

A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.”

Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed.

Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly. —Matthew 26:69-75

Peter’s words “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you” (Matthew 26:34) waved the red flag to Satan, the enemy of Peter’s soul. Satan said “Game On” and crafted a plan to get Peter to do the very thing that he never wanted to do—deny his Lord.

The same evil that caused Judas to betray Jesus caused Peter to deny Him. Satan used fear to get his plan accomplished in Peter’s life. He was afraid for his life, afraid for Jesus, afraid for the future and afraid of failure.

Jesus, Matthew recorded Your conversation with Peter (Matthew 16:17-19) where You changed his name and said You will build Your church upon this rock (Peter). I’m sure Peter thought his denial disqualified him for Your calling but the next time You saw him You did his first training session on building Your church (my interpretation) and there was no mention of denial, roosters, or fireside chats, just a check to make sure he still loved You and a charge to get to work and feed Your sheep.

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”

“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”

“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. —John 21:15-17

 

Lord, we all go through times of fear and doubt. We all make mistakes. Many times we choose the same path as Peter. We make grand claims to love and serve You at all costs and then we adversity strikes, we deny You.  But that does not diminish Your plans for us. You’re not even surprised by it. You understand the spiritual battle that’s raging much better than we do.

Lord, help me to realize the only way I can fail is to quit. Help me to learn from my mistakes and grow beyond them.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
 

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 15:2-5, Matthew 27:11-14, Luke 23:1-2, John 18:28-40, Mark 15:6-15, Matthew 27:15-26, Luke 23:13-25, John 19:1-16, Mark 15:16-20, Matthew 27:27-31, Luke 22:63-65

Jesus, Thank You for Being Our Scapegoat—Leviticus 16:20-22

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 14:33-16:34

Heavenly Father, today’s reading gives us more examples of…

  • Why it’s important to read all the Bible
  • How the Old Testament and New Testament fit together
  • Our desperation to be clean and pure
  • The failure of rules and regulations to purify
  • Our need of a savior

“Aaron will present his own bull as a sin offering to purify himself and his family, making them right with the Lord. Then he must take the two male goats and present them to the Lord at the entrance of the Tabernacle. He is to cast sacred lots to determine which goat will be reserved as an offering to the Lord and which will carry the sins of the people to the wilderness of Azazel. Aaron will then present as a sin offering the goat chosen by lot for the Lord. The other goat, the scapegoat chosen by lot to be sent away, will be kept alive, standing before the Lord. When it is sent away to Azazel in the wilderness, the people will be purified and made right with the Lord.  —Leviticus 16:6-10

The children of Israel were finding out very quickly that trying to stay pure before the Lord was a 24 hour-a-day job. Heavenly Father, I’m amazed at the lengths You went to make a way of escape for Moses and his people. The processes You put in place were mind-blowing. 

I sometimes wonder, “why didn’t You just send Jesus to die for our sins in the time of Moses?” After all, You knew we couldn’t keep “The Law”.  But the more I study Your Word and understand Your nature I realize You knew we needed a savior but we had to discover that. We (Your people) had to get in touch with our sinfulness.

Lord, You knew we needed a scapegoat, someone to transfer our sins to and a way to remove those sins from Your presence. You gave us and example of what that would look like in Leviticus:

“When Aaron has finished purifying the Most Holy Place and the Tabernacle and the altar, he must present the live goat. He will lay both of his hands on the goat’s head and confess over it all the wickedness, rebellion, and sins of the people of Israel. In this way, he will transfer the people’s sins to the head of the goat. Then a man specially chosen for the task will drive the goat into the wilderness. As the goat goes into the wilderness, it will carry all the people’s sins upon itself  into a desolate land.  —Leviticus 16:20-22

Lord, I’m sure Moses and the people in today’s reading were very thankful for the scapegoat. I’m sure they were happy when they saw the goat leave the camp with “their sins.” Oh how they would be amazed to know that many generations later there would be One who would carry our past, present, and future sins to the cross and die for us and those sins would be gone forever.

Lord, as we read pages and pages of regulations, rules, and laws, help us to realize how helpless and hopeless we would be without Jesus!

Father, thank You for making a way of escape!

Thank You for Jesus!

 

Amen and Amen!

 


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 17:1-19:37

Lord, Why Aren’t You Answering Me? –Job 30:20


Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 30:1-31:40

Heavenly Father, I felt so sorry for Job as I read today’s passage. As I put myself in His place, it is unimaginable to survive that much loss, but in today’s reading, the losses that had him in the depths of despair seemed to be pushing him over the edge:

  • The “seemingly” loss of communication with his God
  • The feeling of failing to please his God

I cry to you, O God, but you don’t answer. I stand before you,

but you don’t even look.

Job 30:20

Father, just like Job when we’re going through the greatest trials of our lives we sometimes feel like You’ve abandoned us. We may not say the words out loud but the thought, “how could You be watching and allowing this to happen,” definitely crosses our minds.  And right behind that question is what did I do or what didn’t I do?   We start going through a checklist of good behaviors, “Haven’t I been faithful in ________?

Jesus, sometimes our life just doesn’t make sense.  Yes, most of us know the end of Job’s story and we know why he’s gone through so much, but we don’t know the end our own stories and we sure don’t know the ‘why’s’.

But we have hope that Job didn’t have:

  • We have Your written Word that gives us insight into Your nature
  • Our lives have been redeemed by Jesus Christ
  • We are no longer slaves to the evil one

Holy Spirit, remind us of the hope we have in You, through Your Word remind us of the promises You’e made.  Help us to trust You more.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 32:1-34:37

Do You Have a Rejection Phobia?—Jeremiah 33:25

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 32:1 through 33:26; Ezekiel 26:1-14

Is the fear of rejection something you occasionally battle or does this fear run your life and hold you back like a ship’s anchor?

We can be fearless in some areas, maybe most areas of our life and then have one area that we are petrified at the thought of being rejected, tossed aside or not included.

In Jeremiah 32, Jerusalem was under siege from the Babylonians and Jeremiah was imprisoned in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace.  The Lord sent a message to the Israelites through Jeremiah: I will hand this city over to the Babylonians and to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and he will capture it.  The Babylonians outside the walls will come in and set fire to the city. They will burn down all these houses where the people provoked my anger by burning incense to Baal on the rooftops and by pouring out liquid offerings to other gods.  Israel and Judah have done nothing but wrong since their earliest days. They have infuriated me with all their evil deeds,” says the Lord.  “From the time this city was built until now, it has done nothing but anger me, so I am determined to get rid of it.Jeremiah 32:28-31

If you were a Jew living in that day, would you have felt rejected?

It’s one thing to be rejected by a stranger, friend, or family member, but to think you’ve been rejected by the God of the universe; that must be a pretty lonely feeling.

The Lord heard the talk on the streets and brought it up to Jeremiah: “Have you noticed what people are saying?—‘The Lord chose Judah and Israel and then abandoned them!’ They are sneering and saying that Israel is not worthy to be counted as a nation. —Jeremiah 33:24

To the Jews and the people of other heathen nations it probably looked like God was rejecting Israel—everything that could go wrong did.  I’m sure the Jews kept saying, “But we are ‘God’s chosen people’; this shouldn’t be happening to us!”

Have you ever said something similar to this?

“Lord, this shouldn’t be happening, I’m Your child.  I’m serving You!”

Have You forgotten about me?

Have You rejected me?

Here’s what the Lord said to the Jews and to us (see Galatians 3:6-9):

I would no more reject my people than I would change my laws that govern night and day, earth and sky.  I will never abandon the descendants of Jacob or David, my servant, or change the plan that David’s descendants will rule the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Instead, I will restore them to their land and have mercy on them. —Jeremiah 33:25-26

Friends, we live in a fallen world.  Imperfect people will reject us, things will seem to work against us, but make no mistake

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Your God Will Never Reject You!

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He will restore you to wholeness–Just Trust Him!

The LORD says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you. —Joel 2:25

Heavenly Father, the fear of rejection is like an epidemic in the Christian world today.  Help us to know that we can count on you to never fail us or abandon us (Hebrews 13:5).  Holy Spirit, help us to walk in confidence knowing that the One, True, Living God will ALWAYS be for us , so who can be against us (Romans 8:31).  Jesus, help us to do the work you’ve called us to do with boldness and confidence for Your Glory and Your Honor. In Jesus’ Name.

Amen and Amen!

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Ezekiel 26:15 through Ezekiel 28:26; 2 Kings 25:3-7; Jeremiah 52:6-11; Jeremiah 39:2-10

Lord, I’m Afraid to Surrender–Jeremiah 38:19


Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 37:11-38:28; Ezekiel 1:1-3:15

Surrender…  I don’t want to surrender, I want to win!

Isn’t that the way we’re taught to think?

King Zedekiah, king of Judah definitely came from the “win at all costs” camp. He had no thoughts of surrendering to the Babylonians.

Until…

Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “This is what the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘If you surrender to the Babylonian officers, you and your family will live, and the city will not be burned down. But if you refuse to surrender, you will not escape! This city will be handed over to the Babylonians, and they will burn it to the ground.’”

But I am afraid to surrender,” the king said, “for the Babylonians may hand me over to the Judeans who have defected to them. And who knows what they will do to me!” Jeremiah replied, “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you.  

But if you refuse to surrender, this is what the Lord has revealed to me:

All the women left in your palace will be brought out and given to the officers of the Babylonian army. Then the women will taunt you, saying, ‘What fine friends you have!

They have betrayed and misled you. When your feet sank in the mud, they left you to your fate!’ All your wives and children will be led out to the Babylonians, and you will not escape. You will be seized by the king of Babylon, and this city will be burned down.”  —Jeremiah 38:17-23

Do you think Zedekiah surrendered?

What would you have done?

Isn’t it funny how easy it is to see clearly when you’re looking at someone else’s life?

Of course Zedekiah should have surrendered, but he didn’t (Jeremiah 39).

Friend, what is the Lord telling You?

What do you need to surrender to?

Maybe it’s …

  • Surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ

  • Surrendering to God’s special calling on your life

  • Stopping something or starting something

  • Surrendering CONTROL

Isn’t that what surrendering is about, giving up control?

What are you trying to control today that needs to be surrendered to your Heavenly Father?

Lord, I’m sure our need to control is one of the results of Adam and Eve’s sin.

After all, wasn’t that what Eve really wanted when she ate the apple—–> To Know it all and be in control?

Lord, help us to daily raise our hands and open them toward You as a sign of surrender.

Jesus, I want to overcome my fear of surrendering.  Make me like You Lord!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 3:16-4:17; Jeremiah 27:1-28:17; Jeremiah 51:59-64

If You’re Going to Burn Your Bridges Don’t Forget to Haul Away the Ashes of Guilt–2 Kings 23:4

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 23:1-20; 2 Chronicles 34:29-33; 2 Kings 23:21-28; 2 Chronicles 35:1-19; Naham 1:1-3:19

 

I’m going to make a new start…

Kick an old habit…

Turn over a new leaf…

I’m going to burn my bridges!

 

Have you ever made any of these statements?

Were you successful?

In today’s reading King Josiah did a major house cleaning when he became king.  He ‘burned the bridge’ of idol worship in Israel.  Just to make sure everyone knew he meant business, he even carried the ashes away.  There was no going back!  Nothing to remind the people of their past.

Then the king instructed Hilkiah the high priest and the priests of the second rank and the Temple gatekeepers to remove from the Lord’s Temple all the articles that were used to worship Baal, Asherah, and all the powers of the heavens. The king had all these things burned outside Jerusalem on the terraces of the Kidron Valley, and he carried the ashes away to Bethel.  –2 Kings 23:4

Why did Josiah carry the ashes to Bethel?

Here’s some interesting facts about Bethel:

  • The name Bethel comes from the Hebrew word “beth”, meaning house, and el, meaning God. Bethel means House of God.
  • Bethel is located about 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Jerusalem, west of Jericho and the Jordan River.
  • In times of trouble the people went to Bethel to ask counsel of God (Judges 20:18, 21:2).

So basically the king took the ashes to the “house of God.”

How many times have you decided to destroy some habit, toxic relationship, or sinful behavior or attitude and the guilt of the past keeps flashing before you?

Maybe you need to take your ashes of guilt to the “house of God.”

Give God Your Guilt!

Just imagine taking a big wheel barrow and walking through the corridors of your mind and scooping up every ash of guilt and then rolling it up the aisle of your church and dumping it on the altar.  Pretty messy huh?

Yep, but our God can handle it!

One of Satan’s greatest tools is guilt.  Stand up to him today.  Take your guilt and give it to Jesus.  Every time a thought of your past wants to creep in, remind yourself and the enemy of your soul that you no longer have that guilt, you took it to Bethel.

Heavenly Father, teach us how to be over-comers! Thank you for handling the mess of our guilt.  Help us to burn our bridges and carry away the ashes!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 23:1-20; 2 Chronicles 34:29-33; 2 Kings 23:21-28; 2 Chronicles 35:1-19; Naham 1:1-3:19

Do You Need a Scapegoat? Leviticus 16:20-22


Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 14:33-16:34

Dictionary.com’s definition of scapegoat: A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.

The other goat, the scapegoat chosen by lot to be sent away, will be kept alive, standing before the Lord. —Leviticus 16:10a

When Aaron has finished purifying the Most Holy Place and the Tabernacle and the altar, he must present the live goat. He will lay both of his hands on the goat’s head and confess over it all the wickedness, rebellion, and sins of the people of Israel. In this way, he will transfer the people’s sins to the head of the goat. Then a man specially chosen for the task will drive the goat into the wilderness. As the goat goes into the wilderness, it will carry all the people’s sins upon itself into a desolate land. —Leviticus 16:20-22

…laying the sins of the people on the head of the goat and then driving the goat and the sins into the wilderness.

That sounds like a great idea… Right?

When all was said and done–

The Israelites were still sinful people.

Still dealing with the guilt of their sin.

Until one day, our Heavenly Father decided the Israelites had experienced enough failure to realize…

  • They could not keep the law
  • They could not be good enough to be free from sin and guilt
  • They were hopelessly sinful

That’s the day God sent His son Jesus to this earth to live as a man, suffer, and die for our sins–To be our scapegoat.

It must have been easy for the Jews to understand Jesus’ message of redemption.  They had been using scapegoats for hundreds of years.

They knew something (or someone) had to bear their sins.

They knew a goat wasn’t working.

Let’s fast-forward to today’s world…

What or who have you been using as your scapegoat?

Who have you been blaming for your sins?

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Siblings
  • Spouses, significant others
  • Peers
  • Society
  • Our corrupt world

Friends, there’s only one scapegoat that will take your sins so far away they can never show their ugly head again–Jesus Christ.

If you’ve never asked Jesus Christ to be your scapegoat repeat this prayer with me:

Jesus, I know that I was born with a sinful nature and I’m hopelessly lost without You.  I believe You came to this earth, suffered and died for my sins, and rose from the grave to defeat the enemy of my soul who has eternal damnation planned for me.  I believe that if I was the only sinner You would have come just for me.

I ask you to forgive me of my sins, take them from me, and be my scapegoat.  I ask You to come into my heart and live forever.  I believe I’m a different person because of You and Your love for me.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen!

If you prayed this prayer I’d love to hear from you.  Click on the [contact Dianne] tab at the top of this page and send me a short note.  I want to pray for you!

Blessings in Jesus!

 

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 17:1-19:37

Only Jesus Can Make Me Clean–Leviticus 13:17


Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 12:1-14:32

…the priest will then pronounce the person ceremonially clean by declaring, ‘You are clean! —Leviticus 13:17

There are many practical aspects to Leviticus.  It sounds sort like a crash course in disease prevention.  One thing for sure, if God tells us to do or not to do something, there is a reason…

It’s interesting to think about walking up to a priest unclean and walking away clean.

How can that happen?

The unclean person had to do something, make a sacrifice.

But were they really clean?

Were they really changed?

Probably not.  That’s the reason they had to make sacrifices for their sins on a daily basis.  It wasn’t just that they had sinned, they were sinners.In the days of Leviticus most folks spent a lot of time in front of the priest trying to get clean.

Can you say with me,

“Thank the Lord we don’t live in the days of Leviticus!”

Thank you Jesus, our High Priest for settling the sin issue on the cross 2,000 years ago.

  • A priest can’t make us clean
  • Sacrificial offerings can’t make us clean
  • Punishing ourselves can’t make us clean
  • Ignoring our sins can’t make us clean
  • Numbing our pain with drugs, alcohol, sex, work, etc. can’t make us clean

Only You Lord, can make us free from the guilt and responsibility of our sins.

Only You Lord, can make us clean.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the cross.  Thank You for thinking we were worth the sacrifice of Your Son.  Jesus, thank You for forgiving me of my sins and making a way for me to come to Your once and be free from the pain of my sinful nature.  Thank You Lord that I can come to You anytime I mess up and You are faithful and just to forgive me (1 John 1:9).  Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus!

In Jesus’ Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 14:33-16:34

What Good is Sacrifice if Change Doesn’t Occur?

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Leviticus 7:1 through Leviticus 8:36

As I read the instructions for guilt offerings and peace offerings I began to ask questions…

“Did the guilt go away after the guilt offering?”

“Was there peace in the camp after the peace-offering?”

After the last few days of reading we know the significance of the shedding of blood, but were the people changed?

Was the blood shed in vain?

Here in lies the problem with the law.  We can follow every tradition, ritual, or superstition that changes the outside but if change doesn’t happen on the inside, sooner or later we have to ask, what’s the point?

At the end of today’s reading Moses said to Aaron and his sons, “Everything we have done today was commanded by the Lord in order to purify you, making you right with Him (The Lord).”  –Leviticus 8:34

This is the same Aaron who just a few chapters back gathered the Israelites’ gold and made them a golden calf to worship in Moses absence. (Exodus 32)  As I think back I really haven’t seen Aaron’s relationship with the Lord growing.  I know, my problem is—I’m comparing him to Moses.  I’m just wondering out loud, but do you think Moses might have said, “Okay Aaron we’ve done everything we can to purify you and make you right with the Lord, now you better not mess this up!”

Jesus’ words to a group of priests in Matthew 23:25-27 would come many years later, but I couldn’t help but think of these words as I imagined Aaron and his sons in their priestly garments.

What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence!  You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too. What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites!  For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity.

Think about how beautiful Aaron and his brothers must have looked in their priestly garments but were they “filled with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurities”?  Were they just going through the motions or did they want to “What Good is Sacrifice if Change Doesn’t Occur?  Were they just “going through the motions’ or did they really want to “Know Him More?

Father, help us to filter every religious tradition, ritual, and superstition through the Your Word. God show us our motives.  Lord, “create in me a clean heart, O Lord. Renew a loyal spirit within me”. (Psalm 51:10)  …help us to Know You More!

Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Leviticus 9:1 through Leviticus 11:47

2 Life-Changing Words—Luke 23:39-43

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Mark 15:21-24, Matthew 27:32-34, Luke 23:26-31, John 19:17, Mark 15:25-32, Matthew 27:35-44, Luke 23:32-43, John 19:18-27, Mark 15:33-41, Matthew 27:45-56, Luke 23:44-49, John 19:28-37

I’ve read, heard, and seen the story of the crucifixion many, many times throughout my life.  It really came alive for me during the years that I worked on the Passion Play project at our church.

Today I saw something new…

Jesus was crucified between two criminals.

Was it a coincidence?

Did it just happen to be their day to die?

I don’t think so.  As I read the account of the crucifixion in all four gospels it seems that every detail was either fulfillment of prophesy or final life lessons from Jesus; He was still teaching, loving, and forgiving as he died for the sins of the world.

These two criminals represent every person who has or will ever meet Jesus.

God used these two criminals to simplify the plan of salvation:

One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”

But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die?  We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.”  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”

And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  –Luke 23:39-43

Both criminals met Jesus

Both heard the message

And then came the fork in the road…

Decision Time—

One criminal immediately rejected the Messiah, his only hope and died in his sinful state.

The other criminal immediately acknowledged

  • his sinfulness
  • that he deserved to die
  • that Jesus did not deserve to die
  • that Jesus was God
  • that Jesus was his only hope

And then he asked Jesus to remember him when (not if) he came into His Kingdom.  Today that second criminal is in heaven with Jesus.

The plan of salvation acted out…

  • Meet Jesus
  • Accept Him
  • Reject Him

Remember me—2 words

That’s all it took.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is a simple message; let’s not complicate it.  But let’s also not minimize it; yes, it’s a simple plan, but it was bought with a difficult prize—the suffering and death of the Son of God.  If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, do it today.  It will be the best decision you ever made.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the simple plan You design for my redemption. Jesus, thank You for dying for my sins.  Lord, I pray that those who haven’t accepted You as their savior will do so today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Mark 15:42-47, Matthew 27:57-61, Luke 23:50-56, John 19:38-42, Matthew 27:62-66, Mark 16:1-8, Matthew 28:1-7, Luke 24:1-12, Mark 16:9-11,  John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:8-15

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