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Jackie & Elias DaHora

Nov 21, 2023 3:00 PM

Message of Forgiveness: Jesus and the Two Men on the Cross (Luke 23:39-43)

The Encounter at Golgotha In Luke 23:39-43, a profound moment unfolds as Jesus, crucified, speaks to the two men hanging beside him on their crosses. One man mocks Jesus, while the other, recognizing Jesus' innocence, asks Jesus to remember him. Jesus' Response of Grace To the repentant man, Jesus offers a promise of salvation: "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). This interaction highlights Jesus' boundless forgiveness and love, even in his final moments. Applying This Lesson in Daily Life Seeking Forgiveness: Like the penitent thief, acknowledge your own need for forgiveness and turn to God with a sincere heart. Offering Forgiveness: Follow Jesus' example by forgiving those who have wronged you, showing grace and compassion. Embracing Redemption: Remember that no matter your past, redemption is always within reach through faith and repentance. Sharing the Message of Hope: Use your words and actions to convey the hope and forgiveness found in Christ to others around you. A Prayer for Forgiveness and Redemption “Dear Lord, as You showed mercy to the man on the cross, show me Your grace. Help me to seek and offer forgiveness, to embrace redemption, and to share the hope of Your love with others. Amen.” In essence, the encounter between Jesus and the two men on the cross, as depicted in Luke 23:39-43, teaches us about the power of forgiveness and redemption. It encourages us to seek forgiveness, offer it to others, and remember that redemption is always possible through faith.