This Easter has caused many to reflect on not only death but what happens after it. The COVID-19 virus has struck the core of an issue that most turn either shyly or violently away from: the appointment of death and where people will end up after this appointment has been booked. There is hope for life after death through Christ, the risen and eternal king, who conquered death. For believers, death has lost its sting. For the nonbelievers, there is an eery gloom that surrounds this day with a more forthright example being carried out with the Coronavirus. The hour of death is always uncertain, coming like a thief. God states that life is but a vapor. This post will focus on the importance of Easter through Christ's death and resurrection and the belief of the thief on the cross.
Luke 23 gives a detailed account of Jesus before Pilate, Herod, the road traveled before the crucifixion, His crucifixion, and the conversation with the two thieves on the crosses. Luke's account further addresses in detail the atmosphere surrounding the crucifixion as well as the condition of the two thieves on the cross as compared to Matthew's and Mark's accounts. Below is a free outline for Luke 23:33-43 that encompasses the keynotes to take away from this scripture. For the history of Luke, see Cold-Case Christianity's article "Why I Know the Gospels Were Written Early."
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The link above shows the detail of a boy forced to work at a night club so his family could pay back a debt. He was repeatedly assaulted when he didn’t make enough money for his trafficker.
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