FRIDAY, APRIL 2
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 10:10 (NASB)
A thirsty man sees a water pump in the middle of the desert. His water bottles are empty, and he comes upon this pump. Tied to it is a handwritten note put there by someone before him. The note reads, “I have buried a bottle of water to prime the pump. Don’t drink any of it. Pour in half of it to wet the leather. Wait, and then pour in the rest. Then pump. The well has never gone dry, but the pump must be primed to bring the water up. When you are through drawing water, refill the bottle and bury it in the sand for the next traveler. Warning! You are going to be tempted to not believe this note, and want to just consume the bottle. If you do, you’ll soon be thirsty again, and so will be everyone else that follows you.”
Today, we celebrate Good Friday. On the very first Good Friday, Jesus hung on the cross because of His claim to be the door to eternal life. The religious leaders of the day were spiritual “thieves” who were misleading people about the true way to heaven. Jesus was hanging on the cross between two literal thieves. Both thieves had the opportunity to place their faith in Jesus, only one chose to believe Jesus was the door and the other chose to believe the spiritual thieves. At first, the two thieves are mocking and taunting Him, echoing the choruses around them calling Jesus to come down from the cross if He was the Son of God as He claimed. Later on, we read that one of the robbers was converted while on his cross next to Jesus, when He asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom, and Jesus said to Him, “Truly, I say to you, today you shall be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
Has the day Jesus died on the cross become the day that He died for you? Jesus died for the sins of the world, but His payment only applies to you if you are willing to receive Him as your Savior! Otherwise, as far as you are concerned, His death on the cross meant absolutely nothing! Has there been a day in your life when you trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? If not, you can! Just come to Him, and He will save you by His grace and promise you a place in Paradise.
Thank God for the promised hope of heaven. Thank Jesus for being the true door to heaven.