You see, in the complexity of our lives, there are moments of profound simplicity that can teach us invaluable lessons. The story of the thief on the cross is one such powerful narrative that reminds us of the core essence of faith and salvation. It’s a story of profound grace, a reminder that sometimes, all we need is a childlike trust in something greater than ourselves.
‘Think about the thief on the cross, I can’t wait to find that fellow one day to ask him, ‘you’ve never been in a Bible Study, you never got baptized, and yet you made it. How did you make it?’
That’s what the angel must have said, you know, like what are you doing here? – ‘well, I don’t know’. What do you mean you don’t know, excuse me, let me get my supervisor angel. So, we have just have a few questions for you, Are you clear on the doctrine of justification by faith? The guy said, ‘I’ve never heard of it in my life’. Let’s just go to the doctrine of scripture immediately, this guy is just staring and eventually in frustration, the angel says on what basis are you here? And he said, the ‘the man in the middle said I could come’.
Now, that’s the only answer and if I don’t preach the gospel to myself all day and everyday, then I will find myself beginning to trust myself, trust my experience, which is part of my fallenness as a man.’
These thoughts are so profound.
That thief’s response will forever echo through the ages, ‘The man in the middle said I could come.’ It’s a response that cuts through theological complexities and lays bare the heart of the matter: Faith.
In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to lose sight of what truly matters. The thief on the cross, with his uncomplicated faith, offers a profound lesson: salvation is found in simple trust in the One who redeems us. So, let us embrace the beauty of this simplicity and regularly remind ourselves of the gospel’s core message, for therein lies the essence of our faith and salvation.
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