God’s promises of salvation

god's promises of salvation
god’s promises of salvation

God’s promises of salvation  is all about a request and a promise of God to man. This can be likened to the issue of the seven words on the cross.The third word from the cross was spoken by Jesus to one of his fellow sufferers, the man we usually call the penitent thief, who died on a cross next to Jesus.

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It is recorded in Luke’s account of the crucifixion.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. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.


The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”

The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

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.” (Luke 23:33-43, NIV)

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The general outline of what happened on Golgotha – “Skull Hill” – is clear from the four gospel accounts. The gospel writers all tell the same basic story of how Jesus came to be arrested, tried, convicted, tortured and executed. They agree about many of the major details of that last terrible day.


For example, the four evangelists all mention the sign on Jesus’ cross, written in three different languages and detailing the crime for which Rome had judged him deserving of death: “Jesus of Nazareth,” it read, “the King of the Jews.” The Gospels all describe how the soldiers of the execution detail gambled for Jesus’ clothes, as if to emphasize how deep his humiliation went, how completely he was stripped of everything, down to his last tattered garments.


The one who became poor for our sakes became so poor that in the end he didn’t even have clothes to be buried in.
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Another point upon which all four Gospels agree is the fact that Jesus was not crucified alone. His cross stood between two others, on which were executed a pair of common criminals. In a way it was one more insult heaped upon Jesus. Had he died by himself alone there would have been at least a sort of lonely dignity, even grandeur, about his death.


But the authorities would not even accord that distinction to Jesus. To the powers and rulers of this world Jesus of Nazareth was simply one of a gang of undesirables whose lives were terminated on Golgotha that day. That’s how little they thought of him, or of what they were doing.

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Then there is the crowd’s reaction. The Gospels make it clear that Jesus was afforded very little sympathy or respect during the ordeal of his dying. Most of his friends had run away or disappeared; the crowd on Golgotha was overwhelmingly hostile. They heaped ridicule and abuse upon Jesus even as he hung from the cross.
It may seem shocking to our modern sensibilities, but for much of human history public executions were a leading form of popular entertainment. Although, come to think of it, given current tastes in media viewing, perhaps that’s not so surprising after all.


At any rate, there was a big crowd on the hill outside Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified, and they enthusiastically joined in mocking him. Even the soldiers added their bit. “Hail, King of the Jews!” they shouted in mock homage, “come down from the cross and save yourself.” Other self-appointed wits amused the crowd