“A Place In The Garden” mp3 by Chuck Warnock, from Luke 23:33-43. This is the sermon I preached on Christ the King Sunday, November 25, 2007 at Chatham Baptist Church. It is the story of the crucifixion of Christ and of the two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus. I hope you find it helpful.
A Place In The Garden
Luke 23:33-43 NIV
33 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[b]“
43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Christ The King Sunday, The Last Sunday of The Christian Year
“How did we get here?” you might ask. How, on this Sunday after Thanksgiving, do we find ourselves at the crucifixion of Christ? This is Christ The King Sunday, the last Sunday of the Christian Year. Next week, is the first Sunday of Advent, when we begin to look all over again for the coming of the Christ. But today, the story of God ends for this year. “But,” you say, “why does it end so grimly? What happened to the resurrection and the hope and joy of Easter?”
I just posted my sermon for Sunday, November 25, 2007. This is Christ the King Sunday, and my message is titled, A Place In The Garden from the lectionary reading for the final Sunday in Year C, Luke 23:33-43. It’s the passage where Jesus tells the repentant thief on the cross, “Truly, this day you will be with me in paradise.” I hope it encourages you in your own study. Have a great day this Sunday! — Chuck