Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 15, 2019

“And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 23:33-43.

“When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.  But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them;  for they do not know what they are doing.”  And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.  And the people stood by, looking on.  And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others;  let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.”  The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!”  Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ?  Save Yourself and us!”  But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?  And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds;  but this man has done nothing wrong.”  And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”  And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”  Luke 23:33-43.

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Other doctrine tries to puff up man to show he is worthy of salvation.

But, Reformed Doctrine humbles man, calling those whom Jesus saved:  “transgressors”.  

“They *crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left.  [And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with transgressors.”]  Mark 15:27-28.

“Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,
And He will divide the booty with the strong;
Because He poured out Himself to death,
And was numbered with the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,
And interceded for the transgressors.”  Isaiah 53:12.

We see Jesus numbered with the transgressors.  “When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.”  Verse 33.

We see Jesus interceding for the transgressors, those who crucified Him.  “But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them;  for they do not know what they are doing.”  Verse 34.

And, we see Jesus both interceding and bearing the sin of the one criminal.  “And He (Jesus) said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”  Verse 43.


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