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Easter Sunday. Jesus´ resurrection day. Powerful and unique day.
In Jesus´ calvary there were a variety of different people.
People as the following.
1 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.”
20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.
These people did not understand Jesus christ´s teachings. They did not understand his message, They were protecting their own interest at any cost. No matter they have to lie or to kill him.
People as the following too.
26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.
For example this man Simon Cyrene he did not want to get involved in this matter. We could say that he was in that situation by mistake.
There were people in that place that finish there by coincidence like Simon Cyrene.
27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.
Here we have people who were following Jesus for different reasons, curiosity, and they were wondering what was going to happen they like what he talked about, they admitted he was a prophet of God, but they did not want to put on practice his teachings. In other words they just love the theory but not the practice of the theory.
In the other hand we have other people who were really following Jesus with all their hearts and souls.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
There were important people, the rich, and the powerful who wrongly thought that Jesus may need their help, but did not comprehend that it was the opposite.
The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
Also there were ignorant people without any remorseless and any respect who were making fun of him and enjoyed his pain.
Even thought you may say there were too many different kind of people, for God only two people exist and are recognized by him.
To have a better idea, lets picture Jesus being crucified between the two crucified criminals. Lets read this passage.
32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.
As you can picture this, only for God there are only two kind of people one of the right, one on the left.
What does the people on the left and people on the right mean?
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
We clearly can understand that God is not going to answer this man with this attitude.
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
We clearly can understand that God is going to answer this man with this attitude.
check what God answer to this man.
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Now compare the first criminal and the second. The first got no answer, he found death. The second repented criminal found God´s answer. And God promised him to be in paradise together.
Everything finish here in that cross of Calvary in one side death and the other eternal life paradise. There are no other choices. There are no such thing like, I am a good man, I am hard-working, I feed my children, blah, blah, blah. Believe me if you think like that, you think you are good enough for God. You don´t need Jesus, you´ve already found death. We all need Jesus 80% good person, 5 % good person, totally bad person. All we need Jesus. Recognize and accept Jesus as this.
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
Jesus is the king of your city, the king of your family, the king of your life.
To conclude, tell God which side you are. Are you inside paradise or are you outside in death? Would you like to join along Jesus and the repented criminal in Paradise? or Would you like to join the ignorant criminal in death? You have no other choices. Just two. Have you already made a decision yet? It is never too late. Death was already defeated by Jesus. HE´S RISEN FROM DEATH.