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What Shall We Have?

“Then answered Peter and said unto him, Lo, we have left all,
and followed thee; what then shall we have?” (Matthew 19:27).
Peter’s statement and question came right after the rich man’s
encounter with Jesus. The rich man had great possessions and had
kept the law to his ability. However, when Jesus told him to sell
everything and give to the poor, he went away sorrowful. Jesus
told his disciples that it was hard for a rich man to enter into the
kingdom of heaven.

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Forgiveness

Today’s Scripture: Ephesians 2:7 – “…that in the ages to come He
might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward
us in Christ Jesus.”
Thomas A. Edison was working on a crazy contraption called a light
bulb. It would take a whole team of men twenty four straight hours
to put just one together. When Edison was finished with one
light bulb, he gave it to a young boy helper to carry it upstairs.
He nervously put one foot in front of the other and cautiously
watched his hands. He was very frightened of dropping such a
valuable piece of work. He tripped on the top step.

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THE PRAYING THIEF

Luke 23:40-43

“But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, to day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”  

As we look at Jesus as he hangs on the cross having been railed by the other thief on the cross, now He hears the words, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom,”, must have been such a joy to our Lord’s heart. This thief rebukes the other thief as they both look at Jesus. What a contrast of two men, both thieves and both are due the reward, or we should say, the punishment, that they deserved for their acts. Yet this thief fully understands that the one hanging between them does not deserve to be on that cross. This thief at least had the understanding that Jesus was going to have his Kingdom and he wanted to be a part.


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