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Christ and Criminals

Luke 23:39-43

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." (NIV)


Theme: At the door of eternal death, the Messiah opens the door of eternal life for repentant sinners.

Read: Luke 23:32-49
Text: Luke 23:39-43

Songs: (from Book of Praise, Ango-Genevan Psalter) Ps 56:4,5 (opening)
Hy 1B:2 (after creed)
Hy 21:4,5,6 (after offertory)
Ps 22:1,3,6,8,11 (after sermon)
Hy 22:1 (closing)
Date: Preached by Rev. Richard Pot, April 21, 2000
Occasion: Good Friday
Location: Canadian Reformed Church of Orangeville, Ontario


At the door of eternal death, the Messiah opens the door of eternal life for repentant sinners. 1. The mockery about the king who can't save.
2. The request to the priest who can save.
3. The message from the prophet who does save.
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