Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Why The Two Criminals?

Two criminals were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left…One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself – and us, too, while you’re at it!”
But the other criminal protested. “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”
Matthew 27:28, Luke 23:39-42 (NLT)

In a sermon podcast, Louie Giglio questions why all four Gospel writers include the two unnamed criminals at Calvary. The message of the cross is Jesus’ sacrificial love. The writers could easily have focused on the one, central cross. The other two crosses are unnecessary. Or are they? Nothing happens by chance in God’s plan, so an important part of the story must rest with these criminals.

One criminal uses some of his final breaths to berate Jesus. The other knows his humble position compared to Jesus and believes.

Why do the writers record this conversation, but only a few words between Jesus and his mother?

Giglio proposes that the two represent us; you and I are an important part of the scene worth mentioning.

Which criminal are you?

Are you the one challenging Jesus’ identity and demanding a miracle when faced with the consequences of your choices? Or the one who believes Jesus is God and wants to be with Him? At one time or another, I’ve been both.

What do you think?

Why do the Gospel writers mention the two criminals crucified with Jesus? (tweet this)

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1 comment:

  1. Great post to ponder. I know I am His now. Thankyou for sharing