TITLE: No Cheating
DATE: November 29, 2019
Christ is risen. He is risen, indeed.
TEXT Luke 23: 40-43 – ESV -: 0 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
78-year-old Ron Lafferty is dead.
Now it is possible you never have heard of Ron Lafferty. If so, let me remedy that circumstance.
But that’s not all Ron is known for.
That’s because Ron Lafferty died of natural causes at the State prison in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Ron managed to cheat the firing squad, but he hadn’t managed to cheat death.
The grim reaper came for him just as he comes for almost all of us. On that day there will be no appeal there will be no clemency. On that day we will appear before our Divine Judge for immediate sentencing... and the execution of that sentence will not be postponed.
Oh, there’s one other “On that day” statement which is important.
On that day the only thing of tremendous significance is this: Was Jesus our Lord and Savior from sin? Did we, with a repentant heart, pray, “Lord be merciful to me a sinner”,..,. and then did we rejoice because our loving Lord has shown His mercy and grace in Bethlehem, on Golgotha and at a borrowed tomb.
God is just that: merciful.
THE PRAYER: Lord God, Heavenly Father. I, too am a sinner and worthy of temporal and eternal condemnation. I give thanks that the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel and brought me into the light of the Lord. May I invite others to join us in Your Gift. In Jesus’ holy Name I pray it. Amen.
The devotion for today was inspired by various recent news articles. For further reading you may wish to go to this address: https://www.newser.com/story/282923/death-row-inmate-featured-in-jon-krakauer-book-has-died.html and the article written by Newser Editors and Wire Services .
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He along with three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html