Sometimes You Have to Lose to Win!

Luke 23:26-27, 32-33, 39-43 NIV

26   As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.

27   A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.

32   Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.

33   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.

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

40   But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?

41   We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42   Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

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

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