The Criminal on the Cross

Since it’s almost Easter, I was reading through the story of Jesus’s death. I read about the criminals on the cross next to Jesus and one of the criminal’s words made salvation sound so clear and simple. Mark 40-43 says, ” 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.’ And Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, today you will be with me in Paradise.'”

This is all that needs to take place for salvation. It seems so simple here. That’s amazing. The criminal on the cross believed that Jesus was God, that Jesus was blameless, and that he, himself, was a sinner who deserved death. This is all that needs to happen for a person to be saved! Then, hopefully live longer than this man did and follow Him and repent from sin. But based on this criminal’s words on his last day, Jesus saved Him from Hell.

Jesus loves you so much that He wants to share paradise with you! He wants you to know Him so that He can be there for you. He wants you to have the Holy Spirit to guide you through life. He wants to use you to further His kingdom! He suffered a terrible death on the cross for your sake. He was perfect. He lived without any sin. So He did not deserve to die, but chose to take on all of your sins out of love for you. He wants you to accept Him and His sacrifice and for you to be his child.

This Easter, remember what happened on the cross. If you’re not saved, don’t resist God any longer. Believe in Him and what Jesus did for you. Dive into his unchanging grace, mercy, and love by deciding to follow Him! Pray to God and let Him know that you understand His sacrifice, that you know that you are a sinner, and that you want to follow Him. You won’t regret it.


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