Tuesday, April 05, 2016

"Fill in the Blanks"

Luke 23.33, 42-43 NIV 

“When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals - one on his right, the other on his left. “Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’

“Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’”


Imagine Jesus speaking with you, as He did the criminal on the cross. What would He say to you? Fill in the blanks:


____(Your Name)____, I tell you the truth, today you will _______________.”

“…pay dearly for the trouble you caused.”
“…get a spanking when Dad comes home.”
“…be very, VERY sorry.”
“…wish you’d never been born.”
“…need to call your attorney.”
“…suffer the consequences of your sin.”
“…be taught a lesson you’ll never forget.”
“…lose everything.”
“…fall flat on your face.”
“…never know what hit you.”
“…cringe from embarrassment.”
“…cry in sorrow.”
“…perform poorly.”
“…become the scapegoat.”
“…be the butt of the joke.”
“…let everyone down.”
“…have the worst day of your life.”
“…go unnoticed by those you love.”
“…learn what an undeserving pig you are.”
“…think the worst.” 
“…hurt like hell.”
“…feel like dying.”
“…die.”
“…go to hell.”

The thief did not get what he deserved and thankfully, neither do we. God’s “mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2.13). Imagine again Jesus speaking to you. Fill in the blanks:


____(Your Name)____, I tell you the truth, today you will _______________.”

“…be forgiven.”
“…forget the past.”
“…become highly functional.”
“…know the power of God.”
“…convey the love of Christ.”
“…walk with Jesus.”
“…overcome temptation.”
“…love the people in your path.”
“…be an example.”
“…be a leader.”
“…have some fun.”
“…live victoriously.”
“…take care of business.”
“…perform brilliantly.”
“…get a windfall.”
“…learn a valuable lesson.”
“…provide for your family.”
“…become the woman you were destined to be.”
“…show courage.”
“…take the high road.”
“…make a friend.”
“…reconcile a broken friendship.”
“…turn a brother or sister from the error of their ways.”
“…treat others the way you want to be treated.”
“…inspire those around you.”
“…act with dignity.”
“…show compassion.”
“…be with Me in paradise.”

What do you think Jesus would say? How would He fill in the blanks for you?

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