The Two Thieves
Mark 15:27 “And with Him they crucify two thieves; the one on His right hand, and the other on His left.”
Matthew 27:41,44 “Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders…..
The thieves also, which were crucified with Him, cast the same in HIs teeth.”
Luke 23:39-43 “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying, If thou be Christ save thyself and us.
But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thee kingdom.
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise.”
The two thieves are a picture of every person born.
We are either persuaded of Christ…….as Lord and King…..
….or we are with the crowd which mocks and hates Christ.
You will notice that they were thieves…..men who had stolen something which did not belong to them.
We, too, are thieves….for we have stolen God’s honor from Him….we have usurped HIs throne of authority.
We have chosen to be in control of our destinies…..so that we decide what is “right” and what is “wrong”…..for us.
This is theft in the Kingdom of God…..we have taken from God the honor due HIs Name…
….stolen it for ourselves.
The thieves both mocked Jesus, at first…
….they “cast the same in His teeth”.
Which means they were throwing insults, just like the chief priests and scribes and elders.
They were not good men,…..they were glad to be able to mock the Son of God, the Son of Man…..
….maybe it would make their pain less.
(Of course, it did not….and it does not for us, as well)
But a change came….first innocence was recognized.
Luke 23:39-41 “And one of the malefactors…railed on Him….If Thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
But the other….rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds:…”
Here was a recognition that he was a sinner…..that God judges right!
Though it was a simple confession…..yet anytime we get honest about ourselves…..light is given…..for Truth is Light…..
…..and God’s grace is offered. (John 1:17)
Luke 23:41 “….but this man hath done nothing amiss.”
This, too, was a confession…..only about Christ. He had mocked few minutes ago….
….but now he begins to recognize Christ’s purity and goodness.
(Grace does this….it brings us the ability to see Christ as He is, not as we have thought of Him.)
Luke 23:42 “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.”
I love this,…..”Lord”…..not “king” in a mocking tone…..but “Lord”…..in subjection to Christ, and HIs Will for him.
Psalm 25:6-7 “Remember, O Lord, Thy tender mercies and Thy lovingkindness; for they have been ever of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to Thy mercy remember Thou me for Thy goodness sake, O Lord.”
For God to remember someone, is for God to fix that person in His affections.
Is 49:15-16 “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands;…”
Christ’s graven palms, speak of His remembering all for whom He died…..the penitent thief…..you, me…..for our names are there where the nail prints are.
Luke 23:43 “And Jesus said unto him, Verily (Truth) I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise.”
This thief died…..but lived by faith in Christ Jesus.
We all, too, are presented with Christ Jesus.
To some He is nothing more than an object to mock and insult….
To others, they begin to see the goodness and holiness of Christ, and are drawn to Him…being honest about themselves….and receiving Him as Lord and Savior…
….they ask to be remembered of Him.
And He will….always.