The account of the criminal on the cross illustrates this truth so profoundly. There were two condemned outlaws crucified with Jesus. One spoke, railing at Jesus in a condemning tone saying, if you are the Christ save yourself and us. This criminal made a good request, “save yourself and us” but the request was not made out of faith or any real hope. He spoke out of the abundance of his heart and there is no account of him even getting a response from Jesus.
The other criminal spoke in a completely different manner, he acknowledged his condemnation and stated that it was fear, for he was condemned to die on the cross that day for crimes that he was guilty of, yet he addressed Jesus with worshipful faith and made a request that revealed the hope that was in his heart. He said “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom”. This man did not say “if”. Instead of saying, if you are Lord or if you come into your kingdom, he used the words “Lord” and “when”. This caught Jesus’ attention.Staying true to the character of the God that He is, Jesus responded to the man’s faith, even though He Himself was in pain and dying, He spoke comfort to this dying criminal. Today you will be with me in paradise. (Luke 23: 39-43)
What heart do you speak from?
The loving speaks love
The fearful speaks fear
The hopeful speaks hope
The_______ speaks _______ (you can fill in the blanks), one thing is certain, the truth stands. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Jesus’ heart is filled with love, truth, hope, comfort and peace and that is how he speaks to the people whom he left heaven, came to earth, bled and died for. Hear his words, hear his heart. He came not into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. Hear His heart as He speaks to your heart.