Day 6 - The Thieves
The Voice of the Thieves
The Romans raised three crosses that Friday– Jesus between thieves. Had those two encountered Jesus previously? They at least heard the stories and knew his reputation.
One mocked Jesus. Aiming to appeal to any pride he thought Jesus may have, he scoffed; “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself…and us, too, while you’re at it!” (Luke 23:39) As in life, so in his last fragile, telling moments– still living life on his own terms. Pride. Manipulation. Deceitful to others, but mostly himself. Notice, too, this thief wouldn’t even say Jesus’ name.
Just beyond Jesus’ other finger tips, hangs another convict with a piqued spirit. This thief owns the pattern of foolish choices that brought him here. He accepts the consequences of violating the law. Though all three men suffer the same punishment, Jesus is innocent. Hearing the other’s railings, this thief confronts him. Do you not fear God? We deserve this, but he does not!
How this man’s life could have been different if he met Jesus earlier!
A crucifixion could drag on for hours or end suddenly if someone sped the process. So, this thief wastes no time as he sees his opportunity to surrender: Lord Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus suffered for someone else’s sins—yours and mine, our sins. The consequences can bring us into Jesus’ presence. We deserve this, but he doesn’t.
Will you call out to him?
How much time do you have left?