Jesus sure is something isn’t He? As a man, He sure was something special and that isn’t even mentioning Him as fully God. We can talk about how He lived a sinless life, withstood Satan’s temptation, taught peace, and every other good thing He accomplished. But, we are going to look at a few things Christ did at the end. Christ accomplished a few things while He sacrificed Himself for you and me on that cruel cross. First and foremost, He allowed Himself to suffer death for us. He paid our debt. He took all sin upon Himself. He died so that His children would live. So you are thinking what else more could He have done? One of the things He did along with saving us from Hell forever was He gave a promise to one of the two thieves that hang with Him. In case you do not know the story, here it is.
The first thief mocked him saying, “If you are God, then save yourself and us.” The second thief defended Christ by asking the first, “Do you not fear God?” He went on to inform the first thief that they were justly punished, but Christ had done no wrong. The second thief asks Christ to remember him in the kingdom. Christ replied, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.”
After going through the beatings, the pain and torture, God in the flesh, promises a no good thief entry into paradise. It makes people angry you know. It makes people mad to think that a person can live a life neglecting the church, Jesus, maybe even their own family, and on the proverbial deathbed, repent, and gain entry into Heaven. First of all, Jesus says in Luke 15:10
“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
We are taught that man is made lower than angels, however, the Christian is a new creation in Christ. If we are a new creation, a creation that is a temple that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit dwells within, how can not rejoice when someone truly comes to know Jesus Christ as Savior, the only WAY, the only Truth, and the only Life? We don’t rejoice because we have not given ourselves to God totally. A Christian’s heart, the way of life is reflected by how real Christ is in our lives, from our devotions, to our church attendance, to our giving, to our day to day interactions, to our prayers, our words, and our thoughts. If you don’t think that is the case, do a character study. Observe some people for a few days. Pick someone who is not a Christian and someone who is. Watch how they react and interact during the day. You might be amazed.
The other thing that Jesus did while saving us from Hell and promising salvation to a thief was He honored The 10 Commandments. I want to look at Commandment 5 in Exodus chapter 20.
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
First of all Jesus honored His Father, God from day one by doing not His own will, but that of God the Father. Do you know how He honored Mary, his earthly mother?
John Chapter 19, verses 25-27
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Not one of us could wear a crown of thorns today and suffer the beatings that Jesus went through not to mention the unthinkable pain of having nails driven through our hands and feet and still think of others. He promised a thief salvation because of the thief’s acknowledgement of Him as Savior, and Jesus honored His mother by having His boy, His disciple, John take her in as his own. From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
The next time you pop off to your mom stop and think. Dying Jesus provided for her earthly needs as well as spiritual needs. Are we better than He? Of course not. Not everyone has a good mom. That’s true. Some mommies are drug heads, alcoholics, and abusers on many levels. Am I saying to treat them nice even though they may have been less than generous to you? No. Jesus said it and says it in His Living Word, THE BIBLE. Ken Freeman author of Rescued by the Cross had a rough way via his mom’s numerous boyfriends. Through the power of Christ’s redeeming blood, he came to forgive his mom for allowing the abuse. There is nothing Satan can do to us that Jesus Christ cannot heal. If you are a slave to the past, whether it is a past of abuse or hurt feelings, look to the Great I Am, the King of kings, the Lord of Hosts to heal the pain.