So this morning, it hit me like a ton of bricks--and don't even ask me how it came to me other than the Spirit gave me this shining tidbit of light. How many times have we heard and read the story of Christ's crucifixion? About a gazillion times since we began Sunday school and especially as Easter and Good Friday rolled around, right? It occurred to me just this morning, these two criminals hung on either side of our Lord, truly represent humanity--are we not as guilty and deserving of their death as they are? Do we not all sincerely fall short of the glory of God?
The guy on the left is insulting Christ, taunting Him to prove Himself before the crowd. He represents the world of unbelievers--doubting, accusing, hostile and angry. The guy on the right represents Christ's followers--he knows his guilt, he is full up certain he is deserving of his sentence. He is also completely sure of who Christ is: righteous, innocent, his only hope of salvation. "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." -Luke 23:42
Which side of the cross are you on?
"I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
Thanks be to God.