Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Luke 23:33-43 (NKJV) And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots. And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God." The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, and saying, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself." And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
Extraordinary is an Over Used Word. Too often we claim that an event or an accomplishment is extraordinary when it is truly anything but. To reach the heights of “extraordinary” whatever it is must be (let’s use some synonyms) remarkable, exceptional, amazing astonishing, astounding, sensational, stunning, incredible, unbelievable and phenomenal. While suspended between the heaven and earth; atoning for the sins of mankind, Jesus did something extraordinary; He ministered to a condemned criminal.
It was a remarkable unselfish act of putting the needs of someone else before His own. Jesus' pain was close to unbearable. He was struggling to breath. He was finding it difficult to maintain His composure and the crowd observed and delighted in His demise. Jesus’ humiliation before His enemies was complete. A good man, a sinless man, an innocent man, Almighty God in the flesh was suffering; His life slipping away as He bled. In the midst of it all Jesus had compassion on a guilty man and in that moment, He extended the ministry of reconciliation. “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Christ’s Public Ministry was now Complete. Mere moments passed, and Jesus cried out, “It is finished,” bowed His head and gave up the ghost. Jesus, indeed, came to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. Jesus didn’t just talk—He walked the talk. He led by example. He lived love. His life can be summed up in this word…Extraordinary!
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.