Tuesday, April 21 2015
Isaiah 53:6 says, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one.........us all."
Romans 3:23 declares that "....all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
Matthew 1:21 "........for he shall save his people from their sins."
Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be SAVED."
When Jesus looked at people, He saw their need. First, He saw their greatest need, salvation, and the forgiveness of sins. No matter what the situation, Jesus dealt with the heart of the problem, which was the problem with the heart.
He dealt with the religious man, Nicodemus, in John 3, a Pharisee who came by night: And Jesus told him of the "New birth" without which no man could see heaven.
He dealt with the Samaritan woman by the well and told her of water that if she drank she would never thirst again. The woman who had had five husbands and livings with a man who was not her husband who got gloriously saved and then told others of the Christ.
But one of the greatest examples of repentance is the dying thief on the cross. Matthew 27:44 tells us that both "thieves also, which were crucified with him cast the same in his teeth."
But then something happened to the one thief who said: "Remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." Luke 23:42 and Jesus said, "........Today thou shalt be with me in paradise."
Jesus did not say, "Straighten up and Live Right" , "Pay Your Debts to Society" , or "Read the gospel of John" --all good things to do.
But this dying thief could only do one thing: CHANGE HIS MIND.
His attitude in Matthew 27:44 was a critical one against Christ but he changed his mind. He couldn't beat upon his chest (hanging on the cross), he couldn't fold his hands or drop to his knees and pray. All he could do on that cross was change his mind.
He changed his mind about:
the Saviour -- "this man hath done nothing amiss" (Luke 23:41)
about sin-- we deserve what we are getting--"for we receive the reward of our deeds" (Luke 23:41).
That, my friend, is Repentance!