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How the Cross Reveals Equal Access to the Savior

Everyone loves Resurrection Sunday. Churches hold special services. We reflect on the gift of salvation that the resurrection makes available. And maybe we attend an Easter egg hunt or two. But in all our excitement about the big Sunday, let’s not forget to examine the importance of the preceding Friday. Kevin Groves shares some thoughts in this blog about equal access revealed at the cross.

THE TWO THIEVES AND EQUAL ACCESS

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In the Bible, Luke 23 tells us that Jesus was crucified between two thieves. This is such a powerful account in God’s Word that gives us a visual picture to go with an important Biblical principle… Equal access to all. First, let’s review the account:

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 

33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?”

41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:32-33, 39-43

PURPOSE IN HIS PROXIMITY

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Even though Jesus knows that day and that cross was coming all of his life, He makes sure that He is close enough to these two criminals to rescue them. His goal is not to rescue them from their fate on earth, but their fate in eternity. We know that both men have equal access to Jesus that day because they both are able to communicate with Him, even with very little breath and in excruciating pain.  

While both criminals have equal access, only one of the men believes Jesus to be who He said He was. The first thief rejects Jesus unless his demand to be freed from his sentence is met. However, the other thief reveals a faith in Jesus – that He was the Son of God. The Savior. The Lord. It makes all the difference to that man after he takes his last breath.

EQUAL ACCESS BUT INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS

Equal Access Individual Decisions

This account reminds us that no one on earth has greater access to God than any other man. God tells us in His Word “to each one is given a measure of faith” and “God is no respecter of persons.” It also reminds us God doesn’t make deals when it comes to eternity. We come to God the Father through His Son and His Son alone. No personal demands.  

It doesn’t matter where you’re from, who you know, or who you’re related to. God doesn’t care if your rich or poor, great or small. Just like those two thieves, we’re all the same distance from Jesus spiritually and we’re all criminals when it comes to sin until we “call on the Name of the Lord” (Romans 10:13) to be saved.

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