Today, on dad’s week off from preaching at the Fountain of Grace, decided to go to a First Baptist Church, which was just down the road. The pastors main passage was Luke 23, but he also went to Mark 15 rather often. From those two passages, he saw four groups:
The Religious Group. i.e. the pharisees and scribes. The pastor brought out when he talked about this group about how, like the pharisees/scribes did, attempting to obey the law is trying to bypass Jesus, and get to Heaven on our own.
The Scorning Group. i.e. The criminal who mocked Jesus. He didn’t talk very long on this group, and he said that, ‘he doubted any were like that here’. However, he did point out the modern day “mockers”; atheists, etc..
The Worldly-Minded Group. i.e. The Roman soldiers who, while Jesus was being crucified, cast lots for His clothes. These are the people who may think of God on occasion, but largely ignore him in favor of focusing on gaining wealth.
The Believing Group. i.e. The other criminal who, even though he mocked Christ in the beginning along with the other criminal, repented and was saved. The pastor noted several things about this man:
- He understood his own depravity; he acknowledged that he and the other criminal deserved to be crucified.
- He knew understood Christ was king; otherwise he wouldn’t have asked Jesus to remember Him when He went into His kingdom.
- He wasn’t baptized… A slightly ironic thing for the preacher of a baptist Church to point out, but something which was nonetheless important. The pastor pointed out that, ‘though I’m a strong advocate for baptism, it isn’t necessary for salvation.’
You are Loved!