Sometimes I think beyond where I should.
(Or at least I think I do…)
Take, for example, the frequent picturing of 3 crosses on the front of some churches, or at the front of their inner sanctuaries.¹
Especially since one was an unrepentant, blasphemous sinner? Why give his instrument of execution a place on the front of a church building?
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Some thoughts, especially long-held ones, most people soon learn, are better kept to oneself–unless the right opportunity arises. I’m taking that opportunity now.
First the Bible facts (check out all 4 Gospels):
(1) Jesus was crucified between 2 thieves, or law-breakers.
(2) Both thieves reviled Jesus.
(3) But according to one Gospel account², one thief repented, and to him Jesus made (what to me) one of the most extravagant face-to-face promises in all of Scripture: “Today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
(4) The other thief (according to the Bible record) did not repent and trust in Jesus.
(5) Yet we’ve remembered for 2000 years his last several hours–hanging on a cross only several feet away–from the Son of God as both of them died.
How should a person think about this?
My thoughts: For whatever reason, or reasons, a person acts as he³ does, God enables him to choose. Read the Gospels carefully. Despite His wise words, His performance of miracles, His compassion for minorities and others who suffered, many hated Him alongside those who loved Him. But Jesus seems to have honored each person who repented and and trusted in Him. And He gave the privilege of saying “No” to everyone else4.
¹ This, by the way, is nearly always “empty” crosses, implying all occupants has died. Destinations afterwards undisclosed.
² One needs to check out all 4 Gospel accounts (near or at the end of each) to get the whole picture of things. Don’t overlook the details.
³ “Generic he” (representing both sexes) is used deliberately.
4 “Why” a person says “Yes” or “No” has been long discussed. That’s not the purpose here, which is simply to report the Bible record of what actually happened as Jesus ended His ministry on Earth.