Hope you’re enjoying “The Miracle Man” stories of people who met Jesus, and got a miracle! Guess who this chapter is about… It’s the thief on the cross next to Jesus. We will imagine ourselves in his shoes, meeting Jesus in the toughest of times… but we get to live to tell about it! Please make sure to like and share.
Chapter 3 Remember Me
There’s only one story like this. This guy was rescued by the skin of his teeth. Way past the eleventh hour. Only one, so we don’t presume upon God’s goodness. But one, to give us hope. Again, as in all the stories, let’s put ourselves right smack dab in the middle of the story. Even this one, as awful and gruesome as it is. And then Jesus’ words will be all the sweeter. Proverb 25:11 says, “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances. “ (NASB) No doubt, the words that fall from Jesus’ lips are like that. A thing of beauty. To be treasured.
“You are the most excellent of men and your lips
have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.” (Ps. 45:2)
That describes our Lord Jesus… especially in this story, as you will see.
The character in this story is a rough character. We’ll call him Hank. Hank didn’t listen to his parents when they warned him to stay away from alcohol. He didn’t listen when they told him the guys he was running with would get him into trouble one day. They prayed for him for years, asking the Lord to remember him and turn him around. Hank thought he knew better than his parents. One little lie turned into lots of little lies, which turned into big lies. One little crime turned into bigger and bigger crimes… every day. Hank thought he had it all under control, until slowly, subtly, the darkness took him over. His heart became darker and harder. In his mind, people began to exist for his own use, and abuse. Their belongings were his for the taking. One day Hank got caught by the authorities, but they let him go with just a slap on the wrist. He laughed it off. “I can do whatever I want… nobody can stop me!” Hank refused to work, so he resorted to stealing as a means of survival. He would do anything to get what he wanted. Hank began to carry a knife, and threaten people if they refused his demands. He thought he was controlling his life, but the darkness was controlling him. Hank said he could stop, but he couldn’t. He was captive under a power he could not overcome. Hank’s corrupt lifestyle grew worse and worse until one day, Hank and his partner, Hal, went out on a usual night of crime. But they did something Hank never imagined they would ever do. Something awful. Someone got hurt. Bad. The hatred inside Hank had taken over and they had done the unthinkable. The two of them were being hunted down. Hank was beside himself with fear. He couldn’t sleep. He couldn’t eat. There was no place safe. Nowhere to run. No one to trust. They both knew it was just a matter of time before they were caught.
The day came when Hank and Hal were surrounded. Like animals. They had threatened others. Now they knew what it was like to feel threatened. They were arrested, charged, tried, and found guilty. Their punishment was determined… crucifixion. They were filled with rage. They had….. (continue by selecting a Free download below.)
Hope you love these stories I wrote about ordinary people like us, who received miracles from Jesus! Imagine yourself as the blind man who received his sight! And the paralyzed man who was healed! And even the thief on the cross beside Jesus! Jesus is the Miracle Man!
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