Madison Christian Church

Devotional – April 14, 2014

An elderly, retired businessman on his deathbed called a friend who was his former accountant to come by for one last visit.  He said, “Bill, I want you to promise that when I die you will have my remains cremated.”  Bill said, “I sure will my friend.  What do you want me to do with your ashes?”  He said, “Just put them in an envelope and mail them to the IRS and write on the envelope, ‘Now you have everything!’”

Some people become very bitter when they’re dying.  In Luke’s account of the crucifixion, we read of one criminal mocking Jesus (Luke 23:39).  In Matthew’s account we read that both of them hurled insults at Him (Matt. 27:44).

But then apparently, one of the robbers changed his tune and defended Jesus and pointed out that he knew Jesus had done nothing wrong.  He even admitted to believing Jesus was King (Luke 23:40-42).  That was quite a statement to see Jesus as coming into some kingdom while he was then on a cross!!!

What happened to this one robber?  I think he watched how Jesus suffered and how loving Jesus was through it all and noticed something different about how Jesus handled suffering and dying.  Historical records tell us that men who were crucified screamed out in rage at other people, cursing anyone within hearing distance.  But Jesus spoke only words of love and never retaliated.

This man must have heard Jesus plead with God the Father for forgiveness for your sins and for mine.