Of Thieves and Salvation

crosstwilight “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” John 12:34 NASB

Eternally etched into our memories, the image of Jesus lifted up on the cross at Calvary demands our consideration.

And it should rightfully draw all of us to him. His claims to be I am, God Almighty, do not go unnoticed. Believers are drawn to his death which provides grace and mercy. Others dismiss his claims as blaspheme, or those of a lunatic.

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” John 8:58 NASB


Perhaps the clearest explanation of the dilemma of “what to believe about Jesus” is before us as we contemplate the three crosses. Jesus of Nazareth, condemned for claiming to be God, was placed in the middle of two men who were found guilty of theft.

What should we “see” when we look at the two thieves?

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