Summary: Calvary represents a "Crossroads" for those needing to make a decision about Jesus Christ.
For many Christians, Easter is our favorite Sunday of the year…Unfortunately, we sometimes fail to adequately communicate the significance of the Holiday to our children.
A Pastor once asked a group of children why we celebrate Easter…One young girl raised her hand and said, “The whole family gets together, watches football and eats lots of turkey to give thanks to God for everything we have.”… “No” said the pastor, you’re thinking of Thanksgiving.”
Then a little boy piped up, “We decorate the house and buy presents for everyone.”… “No”, said the pastor, “you’re talking about Christmas.”
Finally, a young girl spoke up. “Easter is when Jesus died and they put him in the tomb.”…The pastor broke out in a broad grin, because this was his young daughter who came up with this answer…But he stopped smiling when she continued, “And everyone gathers round the tomb to see if He comes out so we’ll know whether we’re going to have six more weeks of winter.”
I invite your attention this morning to the 23rd chapter of the Gospel of Luke as we consider the events leading to the Resurrection of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ…In Luke 23 we find the record of the crucifixion of JC…Before Jesus could experience the Resurrection, He had to endure the crucifixion… And what I find so remarkable is that even in Jesus’ final hours upon this earth—even as He hung in agony on a cross at Calvary, He was offering hope for a brighter future for those at the Crossroads of their lives.
Luke 23:32-43 32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” 38 There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”