Webb Road Congregation

 

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“To help families and individuals develop  a faithful relationship with God, through  the ministry of Jesus Christ!”

 

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LUKE 23:33-43

This text contains several dichotomies. First, there is the intensity of Jesus dying and suffering on the cross and yet tender responses from him as he says “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (v. 34). Even in his suffering Jesus ministered to others. Those he forgives in this scripture passage are Roman soldiers who have been cruel to him and others. But in fact, Jesus is forgiving all involved, not just the soldiers. The Jewish leaders who had long wanted to be rid of Jesus were present in the crowd. Curious onlookers continued his torture by mocking him. The soldiers charged with the task of crucifixion divided the fine clothes that had been given to Jesus symbolizing him as “The King of the Jews” (v. 38).

Amid all this torture and suffering, the love of God shows in Jesus until his final breath. He is willing to defeat hatred, injustice, and cruelty with the simple act of loving those who are committing these atrocious acts. He models how all should respond to those who mistreat and abuse them. He defeats the cruelty of this particular and widespread form of punishment.

Because crucifixion was such a shameful form of execution, the Gospel writer wanted to make clear that Jesus’ crucifixion was different. Even in his suffering and pain, Jesus brings Divine dignity to the scene by forgiving his executioners and loving the people committing the atrocious acts, all while having a tender conversation with one of the men hanging next to him.

Luke is the only Gospel writer to record the conversation of Jesus and the men on crosses next to him. One of the men cruelly taunts Jesus by “deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’” (v. 39). This phrase is a reminder there will always be doubters who must be shown a different way. But this opened another conversation with the penitent thief who, in defense of Jesus, says to his fellow criminal, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed…are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong” (vv. 40–41). Once again the shame and humiliation of the moment is lovingly shattered as the thief says, “…Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (v. 42).

In a fitting way, Jesus dies among the outcasts of society: criminals, thieves, and murderers. And in the way Jesus lived his whole life, as he is dying, he grants mercy for all involved. Consider the tender moment when he says to the penitent thief, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (v. 43).

In that moment, Jesus connects with the promise of eternal life. Jesus began his ministry in Luke 4:18 proclaiming the “good news to the poor” and “release to the captives” and now he ends his life with loving assurance of eternal life to one of life’s captives who is next to him on the cross. Jesus’ ministry of life has come full circle with his death. The world will awaken with his resurrection.

In this last moment of Jesus’ life shared so poignantly in Luke 23:39–43, we are reassured that the good news of the gospel is fully realized in the present.


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Regular Activities

Sunday

Sunday School,  9:45 AM

 

Worship Service, 10:45 AM

 

Pot Luck Dinner on 2nd  Sundays  (Next: Jan. 12th)

Monday

Men's Prayer Breakfast,  9:00 AM
 

Tuesday

Women's Bible Study  Group 
(Summer
Break)
 

Wednesday

Prayer & Testimony Service, 7:00 PM

   

 Coming Events:

 

Nov 24:  Thanksgiving Dinner @ Webb Road

 

Dec 3:  Giving Tuesday

 

Dec 8:  Advent @ The Temple

 

Dec 15:  Christmas Brunch @ Webb Road
 

Dec 15:  Christmas Worship @ Webb Road

 

Dec 22:  Christmas Worship @ Webb Road

 

 

   Pot-Luck Dinner Season:
 

Next Pot Luck Dinner:

Sunday, Jan. 12th

 

 

 

 

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