Worship Service 20 November 2016
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
November 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 23:33-43
What King Is This?


Jeremiah 23:1-6

Psalm 95:1-11

Colossians 1:11-20

           Luke 23:33-43

Luke 23:33-43      New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

33 The soldiers brought them to the place called the Skull. There they nailed Jesus to the cross. He hung between the two criminals. One was on his right and one was on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.” The soldiers divided up his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood there watching. The rulers even made fun of Jesus. They said, “He saved others. Let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

36 The soldiers also came up and poked fun at him. They offered him wine vinegar. 37 They said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

38 A written sign had been placed above him. It read,  this is the king of the jews.

39 One of the criminals hanging there made fun of Jesus. He said, “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself! Save us!”

40 But the other criminal scolded him. “Don’t you have any respect for God?” he said. “Remember, you are under the same sentence of death.41 We are being punished fairly. We are getting just what our actions call for. But this man hasn’t done anything wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

43 Jesus answered him, “What I’m about to tell you is true. Today you will be with me in paradise.”

                             Pastor's Summary of Luke 23:33-43

Jesus has been betrayed, arrested, mocked, beaten, and sentenced to death. He, Simon of Cyrene (carrying the crossbar), two criminals and a few police have walked to Calvary, "the place that is called The Skull" (v. 33).

Jesus continues his ministry of giving forgiveness to those who have not heard the Good News (v. 34). The division of his clothing fulfills the prophecy in Psalm 22:18; to be deprived of one's clothing was to lose one's identity. (Biblical examples are prisoners, slaves, prostitutes and damned people.) The mob contemplates what is happeneing, but the "leaders" (v. 35) taunt Jesus: they blaspheme against God. In accord with Psalm 69:21, a psalm of the innocently suffering godly one, Jesus is offered "sour wine" (v. 36)-to revive him, and to prolong his ordeal. Ironically, "Messiah of God, his chosen one" (v. 35) and "King of the Jews" (v. 38) are all true. Jesus refuses to subvert God's plan by saving himself from a horrible death. A placard was placed around the criminal's neck, bearing an "inscription" (v. 38) stating his crime. One criminal joins with the mob (v. 39) but the other responds positively to Jesus (vv. 40-41). For him there is salvation; Jesus pronounces him free of sin. Only a king can give pardon. ("Paradise", v. 43, was the Jewish name for the temporary resting place of the godly dead.)