(ESV) Luke 23:32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved other…s; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” 39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
1. The Cross on the Left Is the Cross of Rebellion and Bitterness.
Bitterness is a bad thing.
Satan will our crosses to turn us bitter against the man on the cross in the middle if you let him.
HOW WILL YOU RESPOND TO YOUR CROSS?
2. The Cross on the Right Was the Cross of Repentance.
Men may talk about your past but Jesus will wipe your past away.
3. The Middle Cross Is the Holiest Cross, It’s the Cross of Sacrifice; It’s the Cross of Redemption, It’s a Cross That Says I Will Forsake All to Follow You.
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Mark 8:34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Jesus laid down three conditions for true discipleship:
(1) we must surrender ourselves completely to Him;
(2) we must identify with Him in suffering and death; and
(3) we must follow Him obediently, wherever He leads.
Mark 10:21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
Luke 9:23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.