Words from the Cross – Part 2
“One of the criminals hanging beside Jesus hurled insults at him. ‘So, you’re the Messiah, are
you? Prove it by saving yourself – and us, too, while you’re at it!’ But the other criminal
protested, ‘Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for
our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when
you come into your Kingdom.’ And Jesus replied, ‘I ASSURE YOU, TODAY YOU WILL BE
WITH ME IN PARADISE.’” Luke 23:39-43 (NLT)
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
5 Facts the Dying Man Knew
1. He knew that he’d ______ _______ after death.
“Don’t you fear God even when you are dying?” Luke 23:40 (TLB)
“Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God.” Hebrews 9:27 (GNT)
2. He knew he had __________ against God.
“We deserve to die for our evil deeds…” Luke 23:41 (NIV)
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV)
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23 (NIV)
3. He knew Jesus was ________ than a _________.
“…But this man has not done anything wrong!” Luke 23:41 (NIV)
“There is not a single person in all the earth who is always good and never sins.”
Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NLT)
“God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God’s approval through
Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (GW)
4. He knew that only ___________ could save him.
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me…” Luke 23:42 (NIV)
5. He knew that Jesus would save him if he ___________.
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” Luke 23:42 (NIV)
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…” Acts 16:31 (NIV)
WHAT IS MY ASSURANCE OF SALVATION?
It is the __________ of God’s _________.
“Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.’” Luke 23:43 (NIV)
CHARACTERISTICS OF SALVATION
- It is ______________________________ “Today”
- It is ____________________ “you will”
- It is a ____________________ “be with me”
- It is a _________ ______________ “in paradise”
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BE SAVED?
“…This is the hour to receive God’s favor; today is the day to be saved!”
2 Corinthians 6:2 (TEV)
“Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 (NLT)