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Why don't we pray for the dead?
Luke 23:33 - Luke 23:43, Galatians 5:1 - Galatians 5:6

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Thinkabout: Is there anything you are adding to Jesus in your life that makes you feel "worthy" to be with him in eternity?

Let's pray and thank him - he's already won our salvation.

Bible Passage

Luke 23:33–43 (Listen)

33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”1 And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him,2 “This is the King of the Jews.”

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,3 saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Footnotes

[1] 23:34 Some manuscripts omit the sentence And Jesus . . . what they do
[2] 23:38 Some manuscripts add in letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew
[3] 23:39 Or blasphemed him

(ESV)

Galatians 5:1–6 (Listen)

Christ Has Set Us Free

5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified1 by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

Footnotes

[1] 5:4 Or counted righteous

(ESV)