SSsssooo Jesus assured the one robber, “And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise Luke 23:43).” Got it! Shout now, Hallelujah!!!
What about the other robber? Let’s look at his words to Jesus, “One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us (Luke 23:39)!” His focus was on the here, the now, on his present situation with no confession of his sin (crime). There is no remorse for his sin. Just a “I don’t like this situation I’m in and if you really are a king, do something about it.”
Jesus came to seek and save the lost and gives every man a choice for eternal life or eternal death.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:16,36).”
God offers every man a choice. Each of us gets to choose God is or God isn’t. Each of us gets to choose Jesus is the Son of God and Son of Man or Jesus is not. Each of us is given the right to choose Jesus is Lord and Savior, the Christ or to make another choice.
What God does NOT allow man to do is to choose the consequences of his choice. The consequences are already defined in the Holy Bible, God’s love letter to man. Choose Jesus and receive eternal, abundant life. Any other choice yields the consequence of eternal separation from God, forever.
God has already declared this truth, “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).”
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).”
“But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works (Romans 2:5,6).”
“5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— 6 since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might (2 Thessalonians 1:5-9).”
“ For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).”
There is no neural ground. There is no Jesus plus anything. There is no Jesus plus anybody including self.
“How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will (Hebrews 2:3-4).
Today is the day of salvation! “As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion (Hebrews 3:15).”
“For He says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).”
Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart. No greater invitation has been or ever will extended, ““Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool (Isaiah 1:18).” “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).”
10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on ALL who call on Him. Romans 10:10-12