Wednesday, April 8, 2009

on our way home

it is something the way that people can change their minds.
i read a most interesting post over at amrita'a and it really made me think of a person who did change his mind for the good.
please go to amrita's and read her post about many people who changed their minds and hearts for the worst

one mind that was changed during the crucifixion was the mind and heart of one of the thieves who was being crucified on the other side of jesus.
twice we read in the new testament how both of the thieves reviled the lord jesus and cast insults into his teeth, but how lovely it is to read where the one thief repented just in time!!
what a forgiving lord we have!!

Matthew 27:44
The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

Mark 15:32
Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

and here is the thief's profession of faith

Luke 23: 39-43

39And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

John 6:37
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

i can apply these words to myself.

"Why was I made to hear His voice,
And enter while there's room;
When thousands make a wretched choice,
And rather starve than come?

"'Twas the same love that spread the feast,
That sweetly forced me in;
Else I had still refused to taste,
And perish'd in my sin."

this was such a great thought provoking post amrita....what a blessed people we are....we changed our minds about jesus and came to him, and now we are pilgrims on our way to heaven and terry


Felisol said...

It sure is grace over grace.
I guess most of us have a Christian upbringing or a Sunday school to thank for meeting and knowing Christ.

Only too few church-strangers get to meet Jesus.
Or to be embraced by the gospel.
Let's pray that this Easter may turn out differently.
From Felisol

Vicki said...

What a blessed people we are, indeed, Terry. Thanks for linking to Amrita's post.

Felisol, you're so right. Praying many will come to know Jesus this Easter.