Day 317

Today’s Reading – Luke 23 and John 18-19

One of the criminals hanging next to Jesus insulted him, “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

Responding, the other criminal spoke harshly to him, “Don’t you fear God, seeing that you’ve also been sentenced to die? We are rightly condemned, for we are receiving the appropriate sentence for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus replied, “I assure you that today you will be with me in paradise.” 
Luke 23:29-42 CEB

This passage is interesting in that the thief is promised paradise and yet none of the   add-ons for salvation exist . . . baptism, good works, sinner’s prayer, etc.

So what gives?

Grace gives.

Faith gives.

The words of the reformation ring out!

Faith and faith alone.

Perhaps if the thief had lived we would have been witness to his baptism, his good works, his prayer life, his faith lived out . . . But alas no.

How are you living your faith?



I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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