10 Beliefs That Transform
“Transform me,” the man cried out in his heart. He had not lived a good life. He had become hardened. He did many things he wished he hadn’t. But, he always believed in God. Now that he had come to the end of his life, he could see that now. But, was it too late for him?
Jesus, an innocent man, was being led to the cross. After living a sinless life, He was about to take our place and pay our penalty in order to save us.
Luke 23:32, 39-43 tells us, “There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death.” “… one of the criminals… blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
This short paragraph tells us so much about the man, who hung on the cross next to Jesus. The criminal:
- Believed in God.
- He rebuked the other criminal for disrespecting God. Therefore, he must have a belief in God.
- Feared God.
- Speaking to the other criminal, he said, “Do you not even fear God…?” Apparently he did!
- Acknowledged his sin.
- Continuing to speak to the other criminal, he said, “… we receive the due reward of our deeds…”
- Proclaimed Christ’s innocence.
- “… this Man has done nothing wrong.”
- Accepted Jesus as Lord.
- “Lord,” the man began to speak to Jesus.
- Made it personal.
- “… remember me,” he humbly asked.
- We can’t ride into heaven on another person’s salvation. Even if your parents or grandparents are saved, you still have to take Jesus as your own.
- Believed in the resurrection.
- He wouldn’t have asked Jesus to remember him if he didn’t believe in a life after this one.
- Acknowledged Jesus as King.
- “… when You come into Your kingdom.”
- In order to come into His kingdom, He has to be a King.
- Did it publicly.
- He spoke loudly enough for someone to overhear him and record his words in the Bible.
- When we accept Christ as our Savior, we have to let people know. Don’t be ashamed of Him.
- Jesus gave him assurance.
- And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
How privileged we are to be a witness to the transformation of this once sinful man. This shows us how sinful we can be and Jesus still forgives and accepts us when we turn to Him. It’s not too late. He can transform you!
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