The thief on a cross…

Two thieves with Jesus
There they crucified Him, and with Him two others–one on each side and Jesus in the middle. John 19:18

The following comment was made on my recent blog, “Forgive them…”:
“…I wish we knew more about the thief on the cross who recognized Jesus. He proves it is never too late to share our testimony!” I responded, “I do as well…”

This conversation is still with me and while we will not find any new information, I thought we could visit the Word God has so graciously given us in the four Gospel accounts. Today, let’s read them and discuss over the next two blogs. There is plenty for us to share together. Thanks once again for allowing BHM into your day. May the Lord always share His Word with us and we be blessed in His Holy presence.

Matthew 27
38 Two rebels were crucified with Him, one on His right and one on His left.
39 Those who passed by hurled insults at Him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but He can’t save Himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue Him now if He wants Him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with Him also heaped insults on Him.

Mark 15
27 They crucified two rebels with Him, one on His right and one on His left. [28]  29 Those who passed by hurled insults at Him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked Him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with Him also heaped insults on Him.

John 19
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.
17 Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified Him, and with Him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”
22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

Luke 23
32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be executed. 33 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. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up His clothes by casting lots.
35 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.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked Him. They offered Him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above Him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Today2

To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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7 thoughts on “The thief on a cross…

  1. “…I wish we knew more about the thief on the cross who recognized Jesus. He proves it is never too late to share our testimony!” I responded, “I do as well…”
    BUT..if we really knew more, would we really embrace him OR be more critical. SOMETIMES….the less we know (because of our flesh)….the better. Just saying…….

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    1. Your question is a good one. I cannot speak for the person who made the comment but for me it is just from the view of feeling in the blanks what happened that day. Don’t get me wrong, I believe the Lord has given us every Word we need for life and godliness! There some other things I will ask when I get to heaven like what ever happened to Barabbas. I would hope he received Jesus as Lord and Savior. I do not need to know any of these things to receive salvation or live in Christ but perhaps one day answers to such questions will be lnown. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. I believe the thief who asked Jesus to remember him is in heaven. Jesus forgave sins during His earthly ministry, based on faith in Him as the Son of God. The thief could not have been baptized into Christ’s death because, obviously at that point, Jesus was still alive. But if Jesus told him “…today you will be with me in paradise…” his sins were forgiven and he is with the Lord.

    Steve

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  3. Good post. In God’s providence I was just thinking about these passages and wrote a response to a skeptic claim of a Bible contradiction concerning the thief on the Cross yesterday…

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    1. To God be the glory! I am always well-blessed when you post about skeptic claims of contradictions. Thanks for your work for the cause of Christ. One of BHM’s posts will agree with the robber reviling but His heart was changed. What a loving and compassionate God that this would even be possible! Blessings today! Thanks much for reading and sharing!

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