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Two Are Dying Beside Jesus. What would change drastically in just a few hours!. “How did the thief on the cross get saved without being baptized?”. - Luke 23:39-43. One will be With Jesus In Paradise. The Other Thief Separated from God Eternally!.

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Two are dying beside jesus

Two Are DyingBesideJesus

What would change drastically in just a few hours!



Two are dying beside jesus


Two are dying beside jesus


Breakfast with the devil supper with the savior
Breakfast with the Devil, baptized?”Supper with the Savior

  • Luke 23:43

  • One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: ‘Aren’t you the Christ?  Save yourself and us!’” Luke 23:39


Condition of the man
Condition of the man baptized?”

  • Here is a man in the last hours of his life.

  • 1. He is completely lost,

  • 2. He is completely helpless,

  • 3. and

  • He is still angry with God.


Things said in the bible about the thief on the cross
Things Said in the Bible baptized?”about the Thief on the Cross

  • 1. He was a thief. Sinner.A criminal

  • 2. He railed on Jesus in the beginning of the crucifixion.

  • 3. He was dying on one side of Jesus,

  • Another on the other side of the Lord.


His change of heart
His Change of Heart… baptized?”

  • We are not told how long he was hanging on the cross before

  • HE MADE A CHANGE IN HIS

  • DESTINY!!


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4. Things that he said. baptized?”

1. Remember me…He wanted to be

Remembered by the Lord.

The last companion Jesus had on

Earth, and the first one to enter Paradise with the Lord!


Two are dying beside jesus


Two are dying beside jesus


Two are dying beside jesus


Sometimes people hate god
Sometimes people hate God! railing against Jesus.

  • 1. Will not confess his Son.

  • 2. Why did you make me like I am?

  • 3. Why do I have to suffer?

  • 4. Why was I born anyway?



Two are dying beside jesus


Some have this attitude
Some have this attitude: under the judgment of the law. 

  • (Revelation 6:16), “We’d rather die than bow before You!”


Two are dying beside jesus

  • Then under the judgment of the law. 

  • Something

  • Changed!


Two are dying beside jesus


Two are dying beside jesus


Two are dying beside jesus

  • Earth is receding and in exactly the same position. eternity is beginning to loom large. 

  • It’s right on the horizon. 


Even asked the other thief
Even asked the other thief?... in exactly the same position.

  • “Don’t you fear God?” (Luke 23:42).


The concerns that some have
The concerns that some have… in exactly the same position.

  • The thief on the cross was not baptized…

  • But the thief was saved…

  • So therefore, baptism must not really be essential to salvation!

    • That is what many people conclude.

    • But is that true?


While on earth jesus had the authority to forgive sins
While on Earth; Jesus had the authority to forgive sins in exactly the same position. …

The man who was paralyzed –

Luke 5:18-26

The woman who was a known sinner - Luke 7:36-50

Jesus clearly offered the thief on the cross salvation – Luke 23:39-43


The thief was saved before baptism was ever even commanded by jesus
The thief was saved before baptism was ever even commanded by Jesus

  • Jesus commanded baptism after he died - Matthew 28:18-20;

  • Mark 16: 15-16

    • Baptism into His death - Romans 6:3-4

    • How could the thief have been baptized into Jesus' death, when Jesus had not yet died?


The thief on the cross was saved before the new covenant began
The thief on the cross was saved by Jesusbefore the newcovenant began…

  • Old Covenant

    • Between God and the children of Israel – Exodus 19:4-8;

    • Deuteronomy 5:2-3

    • Came to an end when Jesus died on the cross -Ephesians 2:14-16;

    • Colossians 2:14


The thief on the cross was saved before the new covenant began1
The thief on the cross was saved by Jesusbefore the new covenant began…

  • New Covenant - Hebrews 8:6-7

    • Of which Jesus spoke when He instituted the Lord's Supper – Mark 14:22-24

    • Came into effect when Jesus died on the cross -Hebrews 9:15-17


Therefore you and i now live under the new covenant
Therefore, you and I now live by Jesusunder the new covenant...

We must submit to Christ's authority as expressed after His death - Matthew 28:18-20

His apostles took the command to baptize others seriously –

Acts 2:38;

Acts 10:48

I Pet. 3:21


Two are dying beside jesus

  • 1. The first ones added to the church by Jesus

  • Were baptized. Acts 2:41

  • 2. Paul was baptized. Acts 22:16

  • 3. Peter states clearly that baptism

  • Saves. I Pet. 3:21How can you be saved without that which saves you.?

  • 4. Paul wrote that in order to get into Christ, you must be baptized. Gal.3:27


Two are dying beside jesus


The thief s example is not applicable to the question of baptism
The thief's example is not applicable were all baptized into one bodyto the question of baptism...

He died before Jesus declared the command to be baptized into His death.

The thief lived under the old covenant, which did not require baptism into Christ!


Two are dying beside jesus

  • Then he says to Jesus, were all baptized into one body

  • “Remember me when you come into your kingdom” (23:42).

  • And Jesus said to him,

  • “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).


Great lessons we can learn
Great Lessons We Can Learn were all baptized into one body


1 st the repentant thief recognized the brevity of his life
1 were all baptized into one bodyst. The Repentant Thief Recognized the brevity of (HIS) life!

  • He understood life's temporal nature because he was dying.

  • Ever stood by someone dying—did you think what it would be like if that was YOU?

  • Psalm 103:15–16 (NASB)

  • 15 As for man, his days are like grass;

  • As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

  • 16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,

  • And its place acknowledges it no longer.


Two are dying beside jesus

  • James 4:14 (NASB) were all baptized into one body

  • 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.


Second the penitent thief understood the reality of the afterlife
Second, the penitent thief understood the reality of the afterlife.

  • WE WILL BE SOMEWHERE!

  • I’ll be somewhere.listening!

  • He understood that life after death was just as real as the present life.


Two are dying beside jesus

  • Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NASB) afterlife.

  • 11He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.


Daniel 12 2
Daniel 12:2 afterlife.

  • 2 “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.


Matt 25 46
Matt. 25:46 afterlife.

  • Matthew 25:46 (NASB)

  • 46 “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”


Third the repentant thief understood his guilt before god
Third, the repentant thief understood his guilt before God. afterlife.

  • This understanding is evidenced by his statement in verse 41, “And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds.”


Two are dying beside jesus


4 th he understood jesus was special
4 of God.“th: He understood Jesus was special.

  • In reference to Jesus is Luke 23:41

  • This man hath done nothing wrong.

  • We are dying the death we deserve,

  • But He has done nothing wrong!

  • This shows his need for the Savior.

  • How many today do not think Jesus

  • Is Special.


Fifth the thief understood that christ had the power to save him
Fifth, the thief understood that Christ had the power to save him.

  • Do you believe that? He did.

  • Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.


Two are dying beside jesus


6 this thief understood that it is never too late to obey god for salvation
6. this thief understood that it is never too late to obey God for salvation

  • We all should listen to this point. It is not too late for us to do something about our souls.

  • Whatever we have done in the past,

  • We can find forgiveness for it by ‘looking unto Jesus.” Heb. 12:2 and obeying

  • Jesus. Heb. 5:8,9


Two are dying beside jesus

  • , "Truly I say to you, God for salvationtoday you shall be with Me in Paradise" (vs. 43).

  • 2 Cor 6:2b). However, once you die and you pass into the eternal realm, then it is too late

  • (Luke 16:19-31;

  • Heb 9:27).


Two are dying beside jesus

  • 1.Do you understand the brevity of this life, God for salvation

  • 2. The reality of the afterlife,

  • 3. Your personal guilt before God,

  • 4. . Christ’s desire for you to be saved..

  • 4. It is not too late to obey Christ for salvation?

  • 5. What to do to be saved?