Scripture Reference: Luke 23:32-43
AssuranceDr. Warren W. Wiersbe | January 29, 1978
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When He was hung on the cross, Jesus was placed in between two criminals. The salvation of the thief was not an accident, it was divinely appointed. Jesus didn’t seem to be in any position to offer salvation to the thief next to Him, yet the thief believed, and that evening, he was in Paradise with his Savior.
In His providence, God is still arranging situations that people might come to know Christ as their Savior. We don’t know when our last opportunity for salvation is.
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The thief on the cross is among the greatest conversion stories in the Bible.
Three amazing aspects of the thief’s conversion:
- The amazing situation
- Jesus was placed in the middle of the two sinners.
- This was not an accident, but divinely appointed.
- Each of the criminals had the same opportunity to be saved.
- In His providence, God is still arranging situations that people might come to know Christ as their Savior.
- The salvation of a lost soul is not an accident, it’s an appointment.
- The amazing supplication
- The thief first confesses that he fears God.
- The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
- The thief recognized that Jesus was innocent.
- It took courage for the thief to face the crowd and ask Jesus to save him.
- The thief put his faith in a man that didn’t look like a Savior.
- The amazing salvation
- The thief was saved purely by grace.
- It was a personal salvation. Jesus always has time for one person.
- That day the thief woke up in paradise.
The thief was not saved at his last opportunity, but his first opportunity.
We don’t know when our last opportunity for salvation is.
The thief on the cross is not excuse to wait but an encouragement to act.