You Always Have a Choice

Luke 23:33-44 NKJ

33   And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.

34   Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.

35   And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”

36   The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine,

37   and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.”

38   And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

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

40   But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?

41   And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”

42   Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

43   And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

44   Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

Matthew 10:34-35 NLT34 “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. 35 ‘I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

Matthew 23:33 KJV – Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?

Acts 10:34 NKJ – Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.

1 Peter 2:23 NLT – He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.

I. The Flow of the Crowd

II. The Folly of Conditions

Genesis 28:20-22 NLT20 Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God. 22 And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”

Matthew 27:41-44 NKJ41 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, 42 “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. 43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” 44 Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.

Romans 10:9-10 NIV9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Deuteronomy 30:15-16 NLT15 “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. 16 For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.

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