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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Luke 23:39-45

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I. WHY DID GOD ORDAIN HIS SON TO BE CRUCIFIED BETWEEN TWO THIEVES?
A. To show the shame to which He descended?
a. Birth with beast.
b. Death with offscouring of society.
B. To show position as substitute?
a. Dying on Barrabas's cross.
C. Was it not to give vivid drama of Salvation and man's response to it.
a. One sinner believing and being saved.
b. One sinner reviling and mocking.
II. LESSONS TO BE LEARNED.
A. Sovereignty of God.
1. Both equally near to Christ.
2. Both notoriously wicked.
3. Both suffering and dying.
4. Both needing forgiveness.
a. One died in sins.
b. Other repented of sins believed in Christ and went with Him to paradise.
5. Similar today.
a. Same set of circumstances melts one hardens another, same sermon one hears another lost.
B. Victorious Grace. "By grace are ye saved."
1. Grace planned, grace provided, grace completed.
2. Example Saul and dying robber.
a. Saul high moral rich service.
b. Robber neither.
1. Some think we must fit ourselves for God.
2. Some think we are kept by good works.
3. Consider time of conversion.
a. According to appearances He had lost all power to save Himself or others.
b. Probably first time to see Christ.
1. Rejected by people and religious leaders.
2. Forsaken by friends.
3. Being crucified contrary to concept of Messiah.
Even some who believed before doubted now)
4. No one in crowd saying "Behold the Lamb of God" Miracle of Grace.
c. Conversion took place prior to miracles of day. Salvation is of the Lord, never magnify human instrumentality above Divine agency.
III. WHAT THIS TEACHES vs.42,43.
A. Representative sinner.
1. On brink of eternity untied with enemies of Christ.
a. Demonstration of human depravity.
b. Same depravity in you.
"The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked."
2. You have to-see yourself as this thief.
a. Sinner but no thief.
b. You have robbed God.
B. Man has to come to end of himself before saved.
1. He could do nothing to save himself.
a. The work of his hands or feet.
b. Couldn't turn over new leaf he was dying.
C. See meaning of repentance and faith.
1. Realization of lost condition, judging our state, owning lost state.
2. Active conscience in presence of God.
a. "Dost thou not fear God?" not punishment but God.
b. He apprehends God as judge.
"And we indeed justly for receive reward for our deeds."
Sermon Notes for Luke 23:39-43 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Luke 23:39-45 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Mark 1:40 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for John 1:1 Next Book →
CONTENT DISCLAIMER:

The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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