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Topic: Hot and Cold (04/09/09)
TITLE: Criminal's Creed
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He was soon to die. He was doomed to eternal fire. He was just another gangster, seen in the eyes of the other gang as an animal that must be exterminated. He lay on the sizzling, sticky, tar streets of Miami. His fingers were pressed into one of the three bullet holes in his chest trying to keep the blood from seeping out. His short hair was hidden underneath a baseball lid that blew off in the wind. His mysterious eyes no longer held anger, but the feeling that they wanted to hold onto something more. In a black truck a few blocks down, his murderers laughed and shouted at him. Justice would be appeased at his death. His heart rate slowed, and as he fell back onto the tar, the skyscrapers around him seemed to dance. It was getting hard to breathe. The humid heat was unbearably hot. In the last minute of his mortal life, he lifted his head to the sky that was blazing with heat and uttered some words. It was a fool’s plead. How dare he ask of something so big? He was a criminal, so what he spoke was a criminal’s creed.
He was sentenced to death. He was doomed to eternal fire. He was just another murderer, seen in the eyes of the Romans as a criminal that must be exterminated. He stood against a crude, unforgiving, wooden pole. His fingers were shot with a tingling pain with each movement like an army of needles marching up his arm. What was left of his dark hair was tussled softly by the icy wind. His mysterious eyes no longer held hate, but the feeling that they wanted to hold onto something more. In front of him, the crowd of people cheered. So many people laughed and shouted at him. Justice would be appeased at his death. His heart rate sped out of control as he went into cardiac arrest. His body convulsed, making the world around him dance. The frigid wind was unbearably cold. In the last moment of his mortal life, he lifted turned his head to the left against the cold wind and uttered these words. It was a fool’s plead. How dare he ask of something so big? He was a criminal, so what he spoke was a criminal’s creed.
“Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom,”# he jutted the words with his last breath. The Man beside him turned to him and spoke these words. It was the answer to a plea. How dare he guarantee something so big? In the eyes of the world he was a criminal, so what He spoke was a criminal’s creed.
“I can guarantee you this truth: Today you will be with me in paradise,”#He said. Then the criminal bowed his head, and died.
# Luke 23:42 New Living Translation
# Luke 23:43 New Living Translation
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