6th April 2020

Choose!

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.”
Deuteronomy 30:15 (ESV)

Genesis chronicles the start of our relationship with God. Almost immediately we have the record of the first thieves. They weren’t the typical cartoon image of a couple of thieves, with a bag marked swag on their backs. They were both naked actually and ‘only stealing fruit,’ but nevertheless the outcome of their actions was death and the loss of life with their Creator. The course of this world was set by these two raiders stealing from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and reaping the consequences.

Following in the footsteps of Adam and Eve has not produced happiness for the world. We all have experienced the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. And long, long after they died, one spring morning in Jerusalem two thieves were also reaping the consequences of their actions as they hung on crosses either side of Jesus.

They both start by cursing him, but Luke tells us that one of them has a change of heart. Now at the painful end of his life one of them admits, on behalf of us all, that he has received justice for his ways. He acknowledges that Jesus was innocent and understanding that he was the only One who can change our circumstances, turns to him for mercy: ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom,’ he asks. ‘Truly today you will be with me in Paradise,’ Jesus assures him (Luke 23:39-43).

Maybe in his agony he recalled the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 30:19: “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live…”

One thief died alone in his rebellion, the other chose Jesus and had life. It’s the choice before us all: Choose Jesus, choose life and live.

Prayer
As we consider our lives and the death of Jesus Christ for us, may we ever turn to him, desiring to be with him, now and always.
Amen

Study by Hilary Buck
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About the Author:
Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion in Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street
LEWES
BN7 2NS

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: lewes@gracecom.church

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