a tale of two criminals

When Jesus was crucified, he wasn’t on his own: there were two criminals crucified either side of him. Facing death, one of those guys wasted his dying breath on mocking the Son of God – the other guy though… the other guy ended up in heaven with Jesus!

Don’t be like that first guy! Ask Jesus to save you – we all need it, we may not be hanging on a cross but we’re all dying, faster or slower but the one thing that’s definite from the moment we’re born is that one day we’ll die. And we may not be criminals by the world’s standards, but by God’s standards we all are.

Those two guys who were crucified next to Jesus – they both had the same opportunity to turn to him in faith and be saved. One of them was wise enough to use it. Be like him. Recognise your need of salvation, and turn to the only one who can save you: Jesus, the crucified and risen Son of God!

Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Luke 23:32‭-‬33‭, ‬39‭-‬43

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