Choose Wisely

Posted on: 7-15-112011

I heard this today on the radio and thought it was worth sharing because it’s something I’ve never really considered. Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus was crucified between two criminals? This was not the norm…usually there were several criminals crucified together. So why two? He could’ve been crucified alone…He was, after all, God’s Son. I think God could’ve pulled a few strings and had Him be crucified alone instead of between two men who were truly guilty of their crime. Why did God choose to let His Son die between them? Maybe the answer is as simple as this…perhaps He wanted to symbolize the fact that we have a choice as to whether or not we follow God. If you think about it, both criminals were guilty of their crime, they both were sentenced to the same death, they both encountered Christ in person, they were both exposed to everyone mocking, ridiculing, and insulting Christ…in fact, they both joined in. And then, suddenly, things change…one criminal decides to make a choice that changes his eternal life in an instant…he chooses to believe that Jesus was indeed the Son of God! After a lifetime of poor choices, this man made one right one and that choice changed his eternity from one separated from God in hell to one with Christ in heaven. The other criminal, on the other hand, died never making the choice to acknowledge Jesus for who He really was. And that choice cost him dearly…he died without Christ and was sentenced to an eternity without Him. He chose to go to hell! It’s interesting that both criminals experienced the very same Savior in the very same circumstances, but only one chose Him. In the same way, God is very clear where we are concerned…He will never force us to follow Him…the choice is ours! Choose wisely!

“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 ha 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.” Luke 23:40-43


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