Date: November 21, 2010
Speakers: Pastor Mark Bankson and Scripture read by Mrs. Jessica Sande
The theme for this scripture reading and video might seem more appropriate to the Easter season. Because this is the last Sunday of the church year, it becomes clear why this message of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for the thief and each of one of us makes sense. Christ provides a way for all to do as the thief did and ask for His forgiveness. He wants to pay for our sin through his death on calvary by simple asking for His forgiveness.
Because the video is copyrighted, we are unable to present it here. Following the reading of the Gospel, the video graphically depicted the crucifixion of Jesus. A parallel story asked questions and speculated about the background of the thief on the cross next to Jesus. Was the thief actually a good person who was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and was he wrongly charged? We really know nothing about him. Could he have been a callous thief correctly charged? Regardless of his background, what we do know is that he did recognize Christ as God and asked Jesus for forgiveness. Christ said to him, “Today, you’ll be with me in paradise.”