Three crosses…

I’ve been reading a lot about the day Jesus died on the cross.  Have you ever wondered why there were three crosses?
Why not five, or seven, or more?  Why were there only three?  And, why was Jesus in the center of these three crosses?
Could it be that it was because God gives us choices?  Eternal choices?  Which is one of His greatest gifts to us.  He lets us choose.  HE doesn’t force Himself on us.  HE leaves that decision to us.  It is our choice whether or not we choose Him.
Now, back to the crosses.  Those three crosses.  Those three different men.  Each condemned to death.  Each convicted by the same system.
Two thieves and one very innocent man.  The two thieves were both the same distance from Jesus.  They were both equally close to the same Jesus.  But, only one of them changed.  Only one of them chose Jesus, chose life.  The other, sadly, did
not.
The Bible tells us:  Then (the thief) said, “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  Luke 23:42-43
We’ve all made bad choices in life, haven’t we?  We’ve all done things that we wished we could take back.  Bad  choices that we wish we could erase.  Or, at least find a way to make up for those bad choices.  The good news is that we can!  That is why Jesus died on the cross that day.  He died for our sin so that we wouldn’t have to live in it.  The choice
is whether or not we choose to believe in Him and accept His gift.
When one thief prayed, Jesus loved him enough to save him.  When the other thief made fun of Jesus, He loved him enough to let him.  He allowed him to choose.  And, He does the same for all of us.
One thief chose life.  The other chose death.
Nobody can send us to heaven or hell, that choice belongs solely to us.
Choose well.
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