THEN

I am amazed at how God opens the eyes of the blind to see exactly what we need to see within His Word.

If you read my post, Mountain Warriors, then you will know that I am following Margaret Feinberg‘s  40-Day Bible Reading Challenge.  I cannot express in words how much I have enjoyed reading the Bible – especially the Old Testament {which makes understanding the New Testament easier}.

I have always enjoyed Reading and Studying God’s Word but reading it in a condensed timeframe has opened my eyes to the oddest of words.

Which is how I came across this word —

THEN

Then . . . “an adverb meaning: at that time, immediately or soon afterward; next in order of time; at the same time; next in order of place”  (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/then)

As I read that word my mind went in all sorts of directions – What!! Did I really read what I just read?  Did He really go first?

Now, I am not a theologian or an in-depth Bible Scholar so go with me here.

This is what I read:

Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name.  Him they compelled to bear His cross.  And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull,they gave Him sourwine mingled with gall to drink.  But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.

Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots,that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”

Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him:

THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left. (Matthew 27:32-39)

Now re-read it and this time I have highlighted what struck me:

Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull,they gave Him sourwine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.

Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots,that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”

Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him:

THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.

THEN

Imagine my thoughts when I read that Jesus was probably crucified First THEN the robbers Next.  {Don’t worry, I quite often think outside the box like this – It’s normal for me}

After reading that, the conversation the robber had with Jesus makes much more sense:

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”

But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)

It is only after seeing what happened to Jesus did the robber say, “but this Man has done nothing wrong.”  In my mind, I see the robbers watching Jesus being crucified and THEN crucified next to him.  Had they had been crucified first, imagine the pain they would have been in – their mind really would not have worked correctly.

Today, after we have read what Jesus has done do we realize Jesus did nothing wrong.  This is why it is important to read and study God’s Word.  How else can we learn about Jesus?

THEN we can say, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

This Friday, Good Friday, {or you could do it now} I challenge you to read the four accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion.  I have provided a link to each at the bottom of this post.  THEN, think about what Jesus did for you.  THEN decide — What Are You Going to Do About that Knowledge?  If you are already Following Jesus – Great!  I rejoice with you.  If you are not, I urge you to pray this prayer (or something similar) and THEN find someone who you can tell and rejoice with them. {Prayer copied from SalvationPrayer’s website}

“Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus.  I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.

I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.

You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.

Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul.  With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.  This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.

Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins.  I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance.  Therefore, Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.

Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Amen.”

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About Follow 2 Serve {Lorna}

I am a follower of Christ and I love to serve Him. I am married with two sons. I received my Liberal Arts Associate Degree in May of 2012. My hobbies are reading, crocheting, quilting, knitting, nature photography, and being with my sons.
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4 Responses to THEN

  1. ELizabeth says:

    Good message Lorna!

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