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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3700 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #185, CT 503032
"PEOPLE AROUND THE CROSS" SERIES, PT. II
"The Last Request from Dead Man's Hill"
As we continue to look at people around the Cross, we remember that
Jesus spoke seven times during His suffering, as recorded in the
Scripture. There were also others who spoke, and some who did not, but
by their actions, spoke volumes. There were two thieves beside Jesus,
and we're going to concentrate on one of them.
There was a written notice above Him which read:
THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at
Him. "Aren't You the Christ? Save Yourself and us!"
But the other criminal rebuked Him. "Don't you fear
God?" he said. "Since you are under the same
sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting
what our deeds deserve. But this man has done
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when You come into
Jesus answered him: "I tell you the truth. Today
you will be with Me in Paradise."
Some years ago, I went to a veteran's hospital at the invitation of
friends of a man who was dying there without Christ. When I went into
the ward, there were several other patients close by. I had to stand
in between two beds to talk to the man I went to see.
After sharing with him for a while, I told him I had mainly come to
share the love of Jesus Christ with him. Like a man thirsty in the
desert, realizing that someone was coming with water, his eyes drank in
every word that I said. I assured him that the Lord loved him and
Jesus had provided the gift of eternal life for him by simply making
the choice of this Person in his life who could do something for him he
couldn't do for himself. Then I asked if he wouldn't like to receive
Christ. He said, "Yes! I would!"
I turned to the other man, because I knew that he had be ...
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