I was talking to my mate this week and he told me a story. His son had recently come home from a holiday abroad. Whenever he goes away he always brings something back for his Sister, his mum and his Dad (my friend). Each year he tries to top the gifts from the year before and really wants to impress his family, especially his Dad! This year he brought home a fake Gucci bag for his sister, something for his mum and an empty Magners Cider pint glass for his Dad.
His Dad asked him why he brought him this gift when he doesn't even drink cider. And his son said "You should have see the size of the guy that I robbed it off in the pub" Hoping that this would really impress his Dad
When Jesus came to the earth he could have taken home a number of things to his Father. He could have come over to England and taken a rose, so beautiful, celebrating his creation. He could have come over to wales, crushed a peace of coal, made a diamond and taken that home to his father, so precious, so expensive. But what did Jesus take home to his father?.............. a thief on the cross!
Lord Jesus never let me forget the things that you value are not what I would see as valuable but what you value is the lost, the down trodden, the dirty! Let me love the things that you love
One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying,
“Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”But the other
rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are
under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly,
for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this
man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me
when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him,
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
(Luke 23:39-43 ESV)