Tonight’s Merge Student Gathering featured a message by one of our interns, Michael Crepps, on “How good is good enough?” (the second part to our IDK series).
The Bible reads, “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).
Crepps drew from a few thoughts from Andy Stanley’s book by the same title. He reminded us that the second criminal had no position from where to bargain. He had no second chances. No do-overs. No way of proving himself to Jesus. He had no possible way to do good from that point on. He was a dead-man. So what did he have to show for his life? Nothing? What did he have to stand on? Nothing.
What did Jesus give him in return? Everything that he had.