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You Get What You Deserve

Things Jesus Never Said

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Key Scriptures

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
Luke 23:32-35 NIV

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we 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, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Luke 23:39-43 NIV

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. ... God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
Romans 3:23-26 NLT

... By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. ... God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Ephesians 2:3-6, 8-9 NLT

He [God] does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
Psalm 103:10-12 NLT

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Why do you think the idea of getting what you deserve is so popular?
  • What are the pros and cons of a “you get what you deserve” mindset?

Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.

  • What areas of life can often make us feel guilty? What is it about those areas that can cause us to feel that way?
  • Read Psalm 103:10-12. Why does God not give us what we deserve?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • Describe a time when someone could have given you what you deserved, but they gave you grace instead.
  • In what ways can God’s mercy and grace transform us?
  • How can we show Jesus’ love to others—to our family, friends, and those in our community?

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

Father, thank You for saving us. Thank You for Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. Thank You for the Holy Spirit’s work in renewing our hearts and minds every day. Lead us in sharing the good news of Your grace with those around us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Spend time in prayer this week, thanking God for His great love for us and the grace He’s freely given us.
  • “You Get What You Deserve” isn’t the only thing Jesus never said. Check out the Things Jesus Never Said Bible Plan to learn more:

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