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Thief On The Cross

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | March 28, 1975

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It’s easy to look at the thief on the cross and think that he’s nothing like us. In reality, we are just as much a sinner in need of God’s grace as he was. By drawing parallels with the thief, Pastor Wiersbe explains our sin and the need for trusting Christ this minute.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

Three misunderstandings about the thief on the cross:

  • The misunderstanding that thief was a greater sinner than we are.
    • We have a natural tendency to make everyone seem worse than we are.
    • Everyone is a sinner, regardless of the degree.
    • The only difference between us and the thief is that he was caught.
    • We are thieves too; we take the glory that belongs to God and use it for ourselves.
  • The misunderstanding that thief had an easier time trusting Christ than we do.
    • Suffering doesn’t typically make a person want to repent.
    • The thief was saved because the grace of God was at work.
    • When the thief looked at Jesus, he saw a broken, beaten, and mocked carpenter. When we see Jesus, we see a resurrected King and glorified Savior.
    • The fear of what other people think can keep people from trusting Christ.
    • The thief was saved the same way as anybody else: by grace through faith.
  • The misunderstanding that thief was saved at the last opportunity.
    • As far as we know, the thief trusted Christ at his first opportunity—not his last.
    • We put off salvation because we think we have more time for things to get better on their own.
    • We don’t know when our eleventh hour is.
    • Don’t make excuses to postpone your salvation.

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