When Jesus died on the cross, He paid for the sins of the human race. Only those who believe on Him, however, can receive His loving provision. The sacrifice of Christ is sufficient for all, but it’s effective only for those who place their trust in Him.
As the Lord Jesus hung on the cross, two criminals were crucified next to Him. One of those men is now in the place of the lost – his doom in hell forever sealed. The other is with Christ – his place in heaven assured for eternity. Their contrasting attitudes toward the Man on the center cross made all the difference.
One of the criminals railed at the Lord in unbelief. The other cried out in faith, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). To him Jesus said, “Today you will be with Me in paradise” (v. 43).
We are all represented by one of those two men. We either believe on Christ or we reject Him. Our eternal destiny depends on our decision. Jesus said of Himself, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already” (John 3:18)
On this Good Friday, let’s thank Jesus for paying for paying for our sins. If you haven’t trusted Him, do it today! In dying on the cross, Jesus became the Great Divider. – Richard De Haan
We may not know, we cannot tell What pains He had to bear; But we believe it was for us He hung and suffered there. – Alexander
At Calvary’s cross, we stand at the crossroads to heaven or hell.
- March 21, Vol. 14, Our Daily Bread