Bible Thought

Statements of Christ on the Cross: Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

[This is part of a series of posts during Easter week looking at the seven statements of Christ on the cross.]

Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

—Luke 23:43

Jesus was speaking to one of the thieves on the cross beside him. This man had recognized that Jesus was the Son of God and that Christ had the power to forgive him. In his conversation with the other thief on the cross he had already come to grips that he was a sinner in need of punishment. What he did not expect to find was a Savior hanging on a cross next to him.

Jesus offered eternal life to this man. The man accepted, even though his theology was not completely right. He asked the Lord to remember him when Christ took control in His future kingdom. Jesus said that the day the thief died was also the day he would be in the presence of God.

There were no works, good living or even baptism that was required for this man to have the gift of salvation that was offered to him that day on the cross.

What a glorious promise to a thief on the cross. Praise God that salvation is offered to us in the same simple way.

Bible Thought

Statements of Christ on the Cross: Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

[This is the first in a series of posts during Easter week talking about the seven statements of Christ on the cross.]

Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

—Luke 23:34

The men involved in the crucifixion were unaware of the gravity and importance of what they were doing. There may have been some—like the centurion who commented that he believed Jesus was the son of God—who had a small understanding. Yet, I think even the disciples who had spent years with Christ were still very much in the dark of what it all meant.

Thankfully God does forgive us. God forgives because of the work of Christ on the cross. Jesus shed His blood as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins.

Even on the cross Christ was thinking about the forgiveness of others. Which, of course, was His purpose in this world to begin with.

Bible Thought

My Advocate – Martha Snell Nicholson

When I was in school I memorized this poem. Each year we had a poetry contest where we would do an interpretive presentation of a poem or piece of prose. Yes, I know it prose isn’t the same as poetry, but it fit the rules. I always tried to choose a poem that had meaning for me; something I would be glad to have spent the time memorizing.

I could not find much information about Martha Snell Nicholson. I did find out that she wrote quite a bit of poetry and suffered many years from incurable diseases, though I never found out what her illness was.

I hope you enjoy this poem as much as I do.

My Advocate

I sinned. And straightway, post-haste, Satan flew
Before the presence of the Most High God,
And made a the railing accusation there.
He said, “This soul, this thing of clay and sod,
Has sinned. ‘Tis true that he has named Thy name,
But I demand death, for Thou hast said,
‘The soul that sinneth, it shall die.’ Shall not
Thy sentence be fulfilled? Is justice dead?
Send now this wretched sinner to his doom.
What other thing can righteous ruler do?”

And thus he did accuse me day and night,
And every word he spoke, O God, was true!

Then quickly One rose up from God’s right hand,
Before whose glory angels veiled their eyes.
He spoke, “Each jot and tittle of the law
Must be fulfilled: the guilty sinner dies!
But wait—suppose his guilt were all transferred
To ME and that I paid his penalty!
Behold My hands, My side, My feet! One day
I was made sin for him, and died that he
Might be presented faultless, at Thy throne!”

And Satan fled away. Full well he knew
That he could not prevail against such love,
For every word my dear Lord spoke was true!

—Martha Snell Nicholson

If you have any more information on this author I would be curious to know more about her. Leave a comment with what you know.