Easter Sunday is past, but we are in the early part of the Easter season. I have been thinking a lot about the two men who were crucified with Jesus on that Good Friday.
They were men who live a fully sinful life and paid for their crimes and sins by hanging on their own cross alongside of Jesus.
One of the men said to Jesus, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” This was not a statement of humility and recognition of how much he needed a savior. It was a sarcastic comment of rejection of who Jesus was. He only cared about himself.
The man on the other cross said, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
This man acknowledged his sins and most importantly his need for a savior. He understood that only Jesus could make the payment for his sinful life and restore his relationship with God.
I don’t think it was a coincidence that Jesus was sacrificed with these two other men. I believe it was a prophetic moment showing that this is how it would be for every person since the day of Good Friday.
We have the choice to reject Jesus as savior or only see him as a means to our own desires to live our lives in our own self-centered ways.
We also have the choice to recognize our need for a savior and submit our lives to his saving grace.
Every day is Good Friday and we have the choice to reject or embrace the saving grace of Jesus on the cross.