"His state was divine, yet Christ did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as men are; and being as all men are, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross."
St Paul to the Philippians Ch 2: v6-11
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CHRIST'S GRACIOUS ASSURANCE
"And he said to Jesus, 'Remember me Jesus when you come as King'. Jesus said to him: 'I promise you that this day you will be with me in paradise.' "
Of the many lessons we learn from the events that took place on that awesome first Good Friday, the one that stands out above all others is the boundlessness of the all-embracing love of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Crucified, despite his innocence, between two known criminals, abused and vilified by the crowds and by one of those being executed with Him, suffering the excruciating agony of the scourging and the barbaric way in which crucifixion was carried out - yet Jesus found it within himself to extend the reassurance of comfort and hope to the penitent thief who only in his moment of desperate and extreme need had turned to the Lord for help.
So frequently people deny themselves the blessing of God's love because they feel unworthy and that they do not deserve it. That gracious gesture on the part of Jesus proves conclusively that they are wrong. It is not too late to repent of sin and turn to Christ. He is always there for you. He gave his own life to establish that fact. Do you need greater proof than that?
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