It is Maundy Thursday, the day when we remember the Last Supper Jesus had with His friends and when He betrayed.
Our Bible passage however is Luke Chapter 23 verses 32-43, part of the crucifixion scene, and focuses on ‘The two criminals’.
Sinclair Feguson in his devotional helpfully contrasts the 2. One continued to hurl insults at Jesus.’Whatever anger had led to the crime for which he was being punished, he was angry still and directed his violent emotions towards Jesus; If you are the Christ, why don’t you save us?‘
With the other however, there seemed to be a change in his heart.’He confessed his guilt: “We are receiving the due reward for our deeds” (v.41).He recognised Jesus’ innocence: “This man has done nothing wrong” (v.41).He sought mercy: “Jesus, remember me” (v.42).He confessed Jesus’ lordship: ” … when you come into your kingdom” (v.42).He was given gospel hope: “today you will be with me in paradise” (v.43).’
And so SF quotes the old hymn by William Cowper:There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;and sinners, plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains.The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day;and there may I, as vile as he, wash all my sins away.
So to reflect, turn the bullet points above into your own prayer to the Lord Jesus; enjoy his words of reassurance in verse 43; and respond with a hymn of praise.
In our church address list, please remember in your prayers today,- Kim Bon & Sin Wei- Charlene, along with Ariah and Samuel