Establishing Loving Relationships by Curt Dodd


LUKE 23:32-43

"Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be
executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there
they crucified Him, along with the criminals -- one on His
the other on His left. Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for
they do not know what they are doing.' And they divided up His
clothes by casting lots.

"The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at Him.
They said, 'He saved others, let Him save Himself if He is the
Christ of God, the Chosen One.'

"The soldiers also came up and mocked Him. They offered Him
vinegar and said, 'If You are the King of the Jews, save

"There was a written notice above Him, which read: THIS IS THE

"One of the criminals, who hung there hurled insults at Him:
You the Christ? Save Yourself and us!'

"But the other criminal rebuked him, 'Don't you fear God?' he
'since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly,

for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has
nothing wrong.'

"Then he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into Your

"Jesus answered him, 'I tell you the truth, today you will be
with Me
in paradise."

If ever there was someone who knew how to establish loving
relationships, it was Jesus Christ. Even dying on the cross for
your sins and my sins, Jesus established a loving relationship
with a man who was b ...

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