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Summary: A salvation message outlining the hope found in Christ.

IN THE PRESENCE OF HOPE

Luke 23:39-43 (quickview) ; Isaiah 55:6 (quickview) ,7

Luke 23:39-43 (quickview)  Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." 40. But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41. "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." 42. Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your king-dom." 43. And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

Isaiah 55:6 (quickview) ,7 Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.

PROPOSITION: To present a simple salvation message.

INTRODUCTION:

Luke 23:39-43 (quickview)  Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." 40. But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, see-ing you are under the same condemnation? 41. "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done noth-ing wrong." 42. Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." 43. And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

In The Presence Of Hope We Come To Realize That …

I. GOD HAS COME TO MEET US WHERE WE ARE

Application: Have you ever wondered … of all the crosses, on all the hills, on all the days in any month of any year, why that cross, on that hill, in that month, on that day, and at that time?

It wasn’t by accident that those men were in that place in the presence of Jesus. It wasn’t by accident that Jesus was crucified in the middle of these two men - it was the divine plan of God. God orchestrated the meeting of Jesus with these two men:

Mark 15:25-28 (quickview)  Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. 26 And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE JEWS. 27 With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. 28 So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And He was numbered with the transgressors."

Isaiah 53:12 (quickview)  Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Perhaps this was the first time these men had an opportunity to experi-ence the presence of God. But when they needed Him most, there He was. Right in the midst of them. Reaching out to them. One thief dying on the cross took advantage of God’s closeness ... “Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom."

Acts 17:26-28 (quickview)  "And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27. so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28. for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ’For we are also His offspring.”


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Donald Jewell

commented on Feb 25, 2012

Very well thought out.

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