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1 Luke 23:32-43

2 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43

3 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] Strengthens His indictment as a criminal [32] – This was the desire of the Jews [Mk. 14:55-56, 60-65] – This was a death sentence, a judgment [32] A conviction given by the Jews! [Lk. 23:20-25] But vindicated by God! [Acts 2:23-24, 27; Rom. 1:4] Pilate, thief recognized His innocence [Lk. 23:22, 41]

4 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] Strengthens His indictment as a criminal [32] – …numbered with the transgressors [Isa. 53:12] Serves to illustrate prophecy [cp. Mk. 15:28] Not meant to be literal, but literally happened For He made Him who knew no sin… [2 Cor. 5:21]

5 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] – Likely knew of His fame [Lk. 24:18-20; etc.] What an opportunity! They met Jesus personally! Many people wanted to meet Jesus [Mk. 6:56; etc.] Jesus still famous; many say want to meet Him Two thieves given a chance to know Jesus [34-39]

6 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] – Met Him as the condemned [Rom. 3:23; Heb. 4:13] What an opportunity! They met Jesus personally! Most dont want to come to Jesus this way Salvation only possible for sinners [cp. Lk. 5:29-32] Two thieves given a chance to know Jesus [34-39] They had no chance to clean up their act first

7 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] – Sought forgiveness for His crucifiers [34] What an opportunity! They met Jesus personally! Two thieves given a chance to know Jesus [34-39] They had no chance to clean up their act first They got to know Him by observing what He did: – Did not revile His revilers [35-39] – Did not give in to great temptation [35; Mk. 15:29-32] – We know Him same way [1 Pe. 2:21-23; Jn. 20:30-31]

8 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] – Are You not the Christ? Do something! [39] At first, both joined the crowd [39; Matt. 27:44] Two thieves given a chance to know Jesus [34-39] Later, one blasphemed Him, one defended Him: Two thieves reacted very differently to Him [39-43] – This Man has done nothing wrong [40-41] Sinners seek to condemn [cp. Rom. 1:32]; Honor seeks justice [cp. 1 Cor. 13:6-7]

9 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] – the due reward of our deeds [41; Rom. 6:23a] At first, both joined the crowd [39; Matt. 27:44] Two thieves given a chance to know Jesus [34-39] Later, one blasphemed Him, one defended Him [39-41] Two thieves reacted very differently to Him [39-43] One feared God, admitted sin [40-41]

10 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] – remember me when You come into Your kingdom At first, both joined the crowd [39; Matt. 27:44] Two thieves given a chance to know Jesus [34-39] Later, one blasphemed Him, one defended Him [39-41] Two thieves reacted very differently to Him [39-43] One feared God, admitted sin [40-41] One turned to Jesus, the other against Him [39, 42] – shows more faith than the apostles! [Mk. 14:50-52]

11 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] At first, both joined the crowd [39; Matt. 27:44] Two thieves given a chance to know Jesus [34-39] Later, one blasphemed Him, one defended Him [39-41] Two thieves reacted very differently to Him [39-43] One feared God, admitted sin [40-41] One turned to Jesus, the other against Him [39, 42] – Everyone is either with or against Jesus [Lk. 11:23] Both men had same evidence; truth divides

12 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] …today you will be with Me in paradise [43] Two thieves given a chance to know Jesus [34-39] Two thieves reacted very differently to Him [39-42] Jesus saved the believing thief [43] – Spiritual salvation, not physical; thief still would die – Jesus thinking of eternal life at time of His own death Heb. 12:2 …for the joy that was set before Him… – Jesus kingdom is the kingdom of paradise

13 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] …today you will be with Me in paradise [43] Two thieves given a chance to know Jesus [34-39] Two thieves reacted very differently to Him [39-42] Jesus saved the believing thief [43] – knew his own condition; guilty, condemned [41] – knew Jesus condition; innocent, sinless [41] – believed in Jesus kingdom; desired to be a part [42] Thief had very little depth of spiritual knowledge, but:

14 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] …today you will be with Me in paradise [43] Two thieves given a chance to know Jesus [34-39] Two thieves reacted very differently to Him [39-42] Jesus saved the believing thief [43] – was a gift from Jesus; thief not in position to earn it! – heard, believed, repented, confessed…no baptism! Thief had very little depth of spiritual knowledge Thief was saved by grace, through faith [cp. Eph. 2:8]

15 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] Two thieves given a chance to know Jesus [34-39] Two thieves reacted very differently to Him [39-42] Jesus saved the believing thief [43] – Context for baptism in salvation only after His death; [Heb. 9:15-17; Acts 2:36-38; Rom. 6:3-4] Usually an attempt to prove baptism not necessary What about the thief on the cross?

16 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 Jesus was crucified between two thieves [32-33] Two thieves given a chance to know Jesus [34-39] Two thieves reacted very differently to Him [39-42] Jesus saved the believing thief [43] Like us, a sinner condemned What about thethief on the cross? other Ѵ Like us, given chance to know Jesus, examine evidence Like us, confronted with life-and-death decision

17 What about The Thief on The Cross? Luke 23:32-43 We ALL have an appointment with death! God has given us ALL a chance to know Jesus! What are you doing with your knowledge of Him? Have you been saved from eternal death?


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