The thief escapes hell by Pastor W.F Kumuyi




TEXT: LUKE 23:39-43

MEMORY VERSE: “And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom” (LUKE 23:41, 42).

D. L. Moody says, “The thief had nails through both hands, so that he could not work; and a nail through each foot, so that he could not run errands for the Lord; he could not lift a hand or a foot towards his salvation, and yet Christ offered him the gift of God; and he took it. Christ threw him a passport, and took him into Paradise.” The thief described here was one of the two crucified alongside the righteous Jesus at Calvary.

Hanging right there, the stubborn thief hurled insults at Jesus, challenging Him to save Himself and the two of them, if He was truly the Christ. But his fellow thief rebuked him for not fearing God. He said they were reaping the fruit of their evil deeds, while Christ was being punished unjustly. Now a repented man, he recognised Jesus as the Messiah and asked Him to remember him in His kingdom. Therefore, he escaped hell when Christ told him, “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Repent today and escape hell.

QUOTE: He escaped hell.

CHALLENGE: Sinners reap the fruit of their evil deeds.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to repent and escape hell.

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