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Faith-Victory Street

Which way are you going?

Application:

Young people should be challenged as to what road are you they are on - the Broad Way leading to destruction, or the Narrow Way that leads to Heaven?

Materials:

A cardboard street signpost with two pointers on it.
Write "Broad Way" and "Narrow Way" on the pointers (see picture).

Text:

Matthew 7:13-14.

 

Good and Bad Fruit:
Jesus told us in Luke 6:43-45, that no good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit, but each tree is recognized by its own fruit.  Think about a lemon tree, because it bears many nice lemons and we can make delicious lemon drinks and cakes from them!  In the same way we can tell who are true Christians by the way they act and by what they say.

True Christians act as signpost pointing others to Jesus and Heaven.   If I want to come and visit you, I look at the street signs for the name of the road where you live.  There is a chorus that says, "I met Jesus at the cross-roads, where the two ways meet" (Display the signpost that you have made).  As you can see, these two ways are the "Broad Way" and the "Narrow Way"  Matthew 7:13-14 says:

"Enter through the narrow gate.
For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction,
and many enter through it.

"But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life,
and only a few find it."

Jesus is Rejected:
Luke 23:32-41 tells us that two criminals were also led out with Jesus to be crucified.  When they came to the place called the Skull, the soldiers crucified Jesus, along with the criminals - one on His right, and the other on His left.

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."  And the soldiers divided up His clothes by casting lots.  The people stood watching, and even the rulers sneered at him.  They said, "He saved others, so let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One."  The soldiers also mocked him and then offered Him wine vinegar and said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."   Above Jesus was a sign which read: "This is the King of the Jews."

Two Choices:
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ?  Save yourself and us!"

But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God?" he asked, "Since you are under the same sentence.  We are punished justly and are getting what our deeds deserve.  But this man has done nothing wrong."

Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when You come into your kingdom."

Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise."

The Broad Way:
The one criminal wanted to have nothing to do with Jesus.  He had chosen "Doubting Street" and refused to believe that Jesus was the Saviour.   He went straight into the "Broad Way" (Point to the "Broad Way" arrow on your signpost).  He thought he could do what he liked with his life, and so he stole and murdered to get what he wanted.

Until that one fateful day when it was too late and they caught him and now he hung on one of the crosses.  He cursed Jesus as he went to his fate of being separated from God forever in Hell.

The Narrow Way:
Not so the other criminal.  Although he had also stolen and murdered, he realised that Jesus truly was the Son of God.  When he said, "Jesus, remember me when You come into your kingdom."  Jesus replied "I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise."

Jesus forgave him for all the dreadful things he had done.  He had chosen to go on the "Narrow Way" and died quietly on his cross with a peace that he had never known in his life.  A little while later he found himself walking along "Faith-Victory Street" and marvelled as angels cheered as he slowly approached the huge pearly gates where Jesus stood welcoming with a broad smile on His face, and wide outstretched arms.

As he walked into Heaven and gazed around in wonder, He saw God in all His glory and a song of praise welled up in his heart in thankfulness for how Jesus had paid for his sins on that rugged cross.

Remember Me!
Just a story?  No, it really happened and although we don't know what Heaven is like, we do know that that murderer went to Heaven with Jesus on that fateful day.

And we need to say to Jesus, "Remember me in your Kingdom!"  And Jesus replies, "You will be with Me in paradise, if I am your Saviour and you are God's child."

I hope you are living a life of serving and pleasing God.  If you are, then you will hear Jesus say to you one day, "Well done, you good and faithful servant!"

God Bless.
 

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