The Three Crosses Of Calvary
Dayspring Baptist Chapel

I take this thought from the prayer tract that gives us an outline of The Three Crosses. Luke 23:32-33 And there were also two others, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. [33] And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Looking today at the three crosses of Calvary. Have you ever wondered why there were three crosses? Why were the two thieves crucified with the Savior on the same day at the same place and time.

I believe that it is more than just providence. These crosses and the ones who were upon them represent all of man-kind. There was and is a cross of Rejection, Repentance and of Redemption. I call your attention to the first cross:

1. The Cross of Rejection
Luke23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. What a sad sight, seeing someone about to die and still rebelling against life. This is the cross of the man who mocked Jesus in his hour of humiliation and shame. The dying thief was a shameless criminal, coarse and hardened in sin. He has a lot of children alive today, it seems they think everyone has nailed them to a cross. They are rebellious and are very bitter.

A. Rebellion
Rebelling against the Savior's love and offer of salvation. In rejecting the Savior, he was dooming his soul to an eternal hell and soon to be an eternal lake of fire.

B. Requiting
He was returning another's love with bitterness. Jesus was dying for him also. Even the solemnity of death couldn't restrain the blasphemies from his lips. He could see Jesus, and hear him pray, Father Forgive Them For They Know not What They Do

2. The Cross of Remorse
Remorse is moral anguish arising from repentance for past misdeeds; bitter regret. Luke23:40-41 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? [41] And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. Here is the one who repented. He changed his mind, this is shown by the way he talked. We find them both being belligerent to Jesus. Matthew 27:44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. This means, at first they both repeated the same railing accusations. it is so sad to see them join in with the religious leaders in mocking the Lord Jesus. However, the Lord Jesus won him by not coming down from the Cross.

A. Repentance
2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. Now in Godly sorrow, this thief has a prayer instead of curses. It was a prayer for forgiveness of his sins.

B. Receiving
Luke 23:42-43 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. [43] And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. I have read that the thought of paradise in this setting is a Persian word meaning a walled garden used by a king.

When a Persian king wished to show some guest that they are accepted in his kingdom. He would take them to his Walled Garden, which was a sight of beauty. Jesus, the King of Kings, honored this penitent thief with Salvation, a promise of Paradise and a prominent position, With Me. Position Of Honor ,With Me) Position In Heaven (Eph. 4:8-10) The one on this cross teaches us that Salvation is so easy that a Child can understand. God has never meant for His brilliant plan to be complicated. It is religion that has complicated the simple plan of Salvation. The devil always has twisted the Word of God and complicated things.

The cross of Repentance reminds us that whosoever will may be saved. Society did not even try to reform this thief, just execute him, was their attitude. Now don't take me wrong, a careful study of the Bible shows that the Knock covenant is still in effect for the Church age. However, the Lord always has a better way, it is called Regeneration which is always better than reformation. Why can't our government learn this? Why can't we invest in Schools rather than prisons. Reach them before they need the reformation of the prison system.

Another important lesson to learn here is that the thief did not have time to perform any religious ceremonies.

3. The Cross of Redemption
Luke23:44-48 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. [45] And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. [46] And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. [47] Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.[48] And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.

These words of the Centurion, the one who preached the funeral of the Lord Jesus are worth noting. Even the worse critic that the Lord Jesus ever faced, said, I find no fault in HIM. Then Christ Himself: John 8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? An innocent man was crucified that day. The innocent Lamb Of God, who died for my guilty soul. I deserved what He had to endure, I couldn't make it or am not qualified. However, He took my place and gave me a opportunity to call upon Him for Salvation.

A. Choice
John 10:17-18 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. [18] No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. The one who hung on the middle cross was the Person of Redemption. The thing about this is that He choose to be there, so that He could redeem us from the penalty of sin. Now, the other two, did not have a choice with them being on their cross. Just as we do not have a choice as to being here, we are here, we are living. Christ, who choose to die, so that we by choosing Him can live.

B. Crucified
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: The difference between Christianity and religion is that religion demands a sacrifice and Christianity provides a sacrifice. Religion in the worst way has it's converts to die for their god, Christianity has a Savior who died for the believer. Think of the many who sacrificed their life in ritual for the devil.

There is not any other way for you to go this honored position to be with Him in Paradise. You must accept Him, the Crucified Savior.

Roger Pickett
Born In Prayer and Kept By Power

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