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Stubbornness of Opinion
April 23, 2017

Stubbornness of Opinion
Moving from Opinion to Opportunity 

One of the most substantial of all the Christian images is the one of “Three Crosses Grouped” together. This image is displayed in museums, paintings on household walls, churches, billboards and businesses.

The reality of Heaven to earth is “God Makes a Way”! God gives opportunity to go the way He makes all through “Life’s Walk”.

Luke 23:39-43 (NIV)

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? 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, “Truly I tell you,

today you will be with me in paradise.” 

Centered in the group of three is “The Cross of Christ”. The “Middle Cross” alone depicts a message of restoration for our world. He died with all the world’s sin on Him but no sin in Him. God hath "laid upon Him the iniquity of us all." This is “The Opportunity”! No one will truly take hold of this God given “Opportunity” without seeing His Humility!!!

Jesus is “The Model of Great Humility”:

  • Falsely Accused
  • Mocked in a Trial of human opinion. (This Trial was both religious and political.)
  • He accepts a beating from His accusers.
  • He is forced to carry His Cross, dragging it before men!
  • As a Man and Messiah He is crucified.
  • He is Mocked again before He dies…
  • He dies in a way that is reserved for thieves and criminals.

Ephesians 3:16-18 (NLV)

I pray that because of the riches of His shining-greatness, He will make you strong with power in your hearts through the Holy Spirit. I pray that Christ may live in your hearts by faith. I pray that you will be filled with love. I pray that you will be able to understand how wide and how long and how high and how deep His love is.

All three of these crosses were expressions to the world of thievery and corruption. Christ did not deny this view, even though He had not committed one lawbreaking act. Christ cannot take you out of sin’s grip until you admit its grip. He humbly took a place that had no hold on him but it held us.  

The outward two crosses are expressive concerning choices and the human condition. To me, it is humbling that both men were thieves. Both men represent all men and one choice. Accept Christ as life, or stubbornly choose personal opinion.  Opinion, at times, is void of humility.   

John 10:1 “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber!”

The first thief I’d like to talk about is the one that could not allow himself to see Christ’s humility.

  • His opinion was God had to be more than what he was seeing.  
  • The only way God would be real to him was for him to get away with his corruption.  (Grace isn’t to give more opportunity to sin but to set me free from it)
  • If you’re God prove it. (A continual human dilemma.)
  • Bottom line, “He insulted Christ”. (Arrogance is an ugly approach to take when in the presence of God!) (I wander how much ugly praying will take place in churches today?)  

God forgive me of the many insults I’ve levied against you!

Now let’s look at the other thief.

  • He questioned his fellow thief, “Don’t you fear God?”
  • “We are all under the same sentence.” (Death)
  • “I deserve my verdict of wrong doing.”
  • “Christ, I see your innocence.”
  • “Remember me in Your Kingdom.”

  PSALM 138:6; PROVERBS 3:34; PROVERBS 29:23; MATTHEW 23:12; LUKE 1:52; JAMES 4:6; 1 PETER 5:5  

For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar. 

34  Toward the scorners he is scornful,
but to the humble he gives favor.

23  One's pride will bring him low,
but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, 
and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. 

52  he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;


But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the   
proud but gives grace to the humble.”

 
Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. 
Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Prayer, “God I move myself away from my stubborn opinions. Opinions of expressing
why and how come aren’t helping me. I choose to humbly ask,
Please remember me in Your Kingdom dear Jesus!”

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