MELPA LUTHERAN CHURCH- EXODUS CONGREGATION, PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exodus Congregation is one of the Regional Fellowship areas outside of Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea Head Quarter in Mount Hagen. Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, the Capital City of Papua New Guinea. It started within a family with few individuals with the strength and Power of the Holi Spirit. It has expanded over a period of ten years and now it has 6 House Prayers at certain suburbs in Port Moresby

Jesus Is Crucified

This Sunday's bible readings are take from the following :

Jeremiah 23: 1-6
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43
Psalm 46

You can read other bible scriptures at your own time. We will go through together the bible scripture from the Gospel of Luke chapter 23 verses 33 to 43.

The Gospel of Luke 23:33-43 talks about the events took place prior to his final death. Jesus was crucified at the place they called 'The Skull', with two criminals. One on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said, "Forgive them, Father! They don't know what they are doing."

They divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice. the people stood there watching while Jewish leaders made fun of him:"He saved others, let him save himself if he is the Messiah whom God has chosen!" The soldiers also made fun of him: they came up to him and offered him cheap wine and said,"Save yourself if you are the king of the Jews!"

Above him were written these words: "This is the King of Jews."
One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him : "Aren't you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" The other one rebuked him saying, "Don't you fear God? You received the same sentence he did. Ours however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did, but he has done no wrong." and said to Jesus, "Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!"
Jesus said to him, "I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me."

Bible Discussion
In this bible reading we can pick up few points for our discussion. some of the key words and phrases are highlight in bold. The key words in this scripture amongst others are:

* Forgiveness
* Confession
*Deliverance
* King
*Messiah

The above key words are directly related to Jesus Christ.
Forgiving a person is actually a painful thing ever a human can do despite all the down hearted feelings. Jesus asked God to forgive those who crucified him right at the spot of suffering. Even though he was suffered and endured pain. He showed us to follow this example to forgive others.

The Jewish leaders and the soldiers publicly Declared that Jesus is the Kings of Jews and the Messiah chosen by God even though they crucified him and made fun of him. In the scripture reading the Jewish leaders mad fun of him and said if he is the Messiah let him save himself.   The soldiers also mad fun of him and said save yourself if you are the King of Jews.

One of the criminals also doubtfully asked Jesus are you the Messiah, save yourself and save us. All these words spoken by the characters in this scene have Declared the publicly that Jesus is the King and the Messiah.

In Luke 23 verses 41 to 43 it is talking about the confession of sins and requisition of forgiveness or deliverance from sin. Now we look at the man who was crucified on the right hand side of Jesus rebuked the other criminal and said, we deserve this sentence because of what we did but Jesus did no wrong. And he said to Jesus, "Remember me Jesus, when you come as a King!" and Jesus said to him, "I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me." The man crucified on the right side of Jesus confessed and declared himself as a sinner and not worthy and further requested for forgiveness from Jesus and said, Jesus remember me when you come as a King. He also declared that Jesus will come again as a King.  And at that moment, this man was delivered from sin when jesus said to him, "I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me." Jesus did not say when he come back he will remember him. or Jesus did not say I will remember you tomorrow or any other days in the future but he said TODAY you will be in Paradise with me.

Now what made this criminal qualified at the last minute of his death to be in Paradise with Jesus? The simple answer is , he confessed can declared himself as a sinner and then asked Jesus to remember him, in other words he asked for mercy. Because was just right beside him, he got delivered right away. what  a great and joyous moment for this guy.

So fellow Christian friends, we have a duty to  forgive others even though it's very painful in our hearts of any circumstances. We need to practice forgiveness and we will be forgiven as well as well. We have a duty to confess our sins and ask for Gods Grace and Mercy and forgiveness through prayer and Holy songs and Jesus Christ who is right beside us who is ready to forgive and deliver us from sins and when he promise us and say 'Today you will be in Paradise with me '. What a joy shall feel our hearts.

Amen
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