“At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.” -Matthew 27:38
A man was traveling with his mother-in-law in Israel. While they were there, she passed away. He was informed that he could have her shipped home for a cost of $10,000 or for $200 he could have her buried in a local cemetery. He decided to have her shipped home. He said, “I know it’s expensive, but I remember about 2,000 years ago you buried a guy over here and he didn’t stay put!”
We rejoice in the resurrection. We are indeed thankful that the tomb was empty on Sunday morning. But before the resurrectionthere was the agony of Golgotha. There were two other men that died that day on Golgotha. Since then, the picture of three crosses on a hill takes our minds back to that eventful day. Each cross tells a story.
There was the cross of rebellion. This was the thief who died in sin. The man knew he was dying, yet he remained as he was. In truth we are all in this position. Sooner or later, death will be knocking on our door. There is no need to die in your sin. (John 8:24)
There was the cross of repentance. This was the thief who died to sin. This man knew he was dying and chose to repent of the sin in his life. (Luke 13:3) Everyone can and should make this decision.
There was the cross of redemption. This was the Savior who died for sin. (Revelation 1:5) The sins He died for were not His own but ours. We are in position today to make the right decision. Don’t die in your sin - Christ is the answer.
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