Today we are going to study the subject of Jesus being crucified.
Today we are going to study a part of the crucifixion. We know that the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified for us and died on the cross. The Bible clearly states that His blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins. While he was being crucified for us, two thieves were also crucified on the right and left of him. The Bible explains this in Matthew 27:38, “Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right hand and the other on the left.” He says in the 44th verse of this chapter, “The robbers who were crucified with him also condemned him in the same way.
From these two passages we can know that in the beginning these two robbers slandered Jesus like others. In fact, these two thieves saw all the things done to Jesus Christ and the sufferings that Jesus suffered. Luke 23:32 says, “And when they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there – one on the right and the other on the left.” In the 34th verse Jesus says a very powerful sentence, which is according to this, “Then Jesus said: “Father, forgive them: for they know not what they do.”
Jesus is God. He promised forgiveness to those who crucified him, those who slandered him, mocked him, spat at him, hurt him. In fact, Jesus died to forgive the sins of all people. Jesus also shed his blood on the cross to forgive the sins of those who spit on him and slandered him and crucified him. That is why he spoke these wonderful words of forgiveness. That is why Paul writes in Ephesians 4:32, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, and just as God in Christ forgave you, so also you also forgive one another.” The first thing is that we forgive sins in Jesus Christ based on the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Now we need to forgive each other like Christ did. Jesus forgave those who crucified him, tormented him, condemned him and spoke words of amazing forgiveness.
In fact, many incidents happen during the cross and these two evildoers are watching and experiencing them closely. The two of them were seeing and hearing people slandering him and making fun of him. In the Gospel of Luke we can find more explanation about these two thieves. Let’s study Luke 23:39-43.
Now we can see the reaction of the evildoers who are closely watching this scene of the cross. We find the first response in verse 39, “And one of the criminals who were hanged reproached him, saying; “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us.” In reality, Jesus was trying to save him and everyone by being crucified. This evildoer got a glimpse of Jesus Christ. The Bible predicted that Christ would come one day and all the Jews knew this. Christ is God and King of kings. Jesus clearly stated that he was the Christ. Because this criminal also observed this event, he knew that Christ could save, Because Christ is God. But we don’t get if he thought and took this matter seriously. In fact, while dying on the cross, Jesus can also save him from sin and hell. But we can find that he refused to believe in Jesus and condemned like others.
But another Choramo response is different, we can see it from verse 40 onwards. Verse 40 says, “But another answered and rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, seeing that you too are under the same punishment? And in verse 41 he further adds, “We have indeed judged; For we are reaping the due fruits of our works, but this man has done no wrong. Oh, what a beautiful thing this villain is telling.
Let’s remember Matthew 27:44 which we read at the beginning of the passage where we can find that the two thieves denounced Jesus. In fact, at first both of them denounced Jesus, but after seeing the whole cross events, this second thief has changed his mind. Jesus also died for the sin of this thief. Jesus died on the cross for all. He said that we two thieves have committed a crime and are being punished on the cross. But in the meantime, the person who was crucified did not commit any crime. Yes, Jesus never sinned. Jesus never lied. Jesus never made a mistake. Not even 1 inch went beyond the will of God the Father. He was a saint, he was holy. We can clearly find in the Bible that the Jews falsely accused Jesus of being crucified and killed. But Jesus was being crucified for all people. That is why 2 Corinthians 5:21 says,
We learn that this evil-doer said of Jesus, “But this man has done no wrong.” Jesus was crucified not because of himself but because of us. To forgive us, to save us, to bring us to heaven, to reconcile us with God, to redeem us, because Jesus loved us, He was crucified. That is why we can find Romans 5:6-11 saying this beautiful thing, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” For a righteous man will scarcely die; Maybe someone would dare to die for a good person! But God reveals his love for us in this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us. Therefore, since we have been justified by his blood, we will be saved from wrath even more by him. Because if we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son while we were enemies, then we will be saved even more by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now been reconciled.”
Yes, dear listeners, Jesus died on the cross for this great purpose. This thief knew that Jesus died on the cross. This thief knew that Jesus was on the cross. He forgives his sins and can take him to heaven. That is why he immediately says in verse 42, “And he said to Jesus: “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom. He called Jesus “Lord”. It means that he believed in Jesus. A thief slanders from the beginning and slanders to the end, while he too is very close to the truth. But this thief at first condemned, but when he knew the truth about Jesus, he decided to believe in Jesus and he believed. And to this believing thief Jesus answers in verse 43 by saying….
And Jesus said to him: “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in heaven.” Now because the thief believes in Jesus, Jesus forgives all his sins and promises to bring him to heaven. And we can find that to be the case. Sin is forgiven in Jesus. He can take those who believe in Jesus to heaven. That is why he was crucified for us. He died on the cross, went to the grave and rose from the dead on the third day. The Bible clearly states that Jesus rose from the dead and conquered death. And he ascended to heaven and promised to come again.
Remember, Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God – to those who are the called according to his purpose.” This is a very wonderful promise that God has made for the believer and it is very real. For the thief who believed, while he was dying on the cross, it was also his worst day. Because of course no one wants to die. We can see that the death of the cross was very painful. Crucified people died slowly and in some cases it took even 2-3 days. Because it’s so painful, It was painful and long lasting. That was the worst time of his life for that thief. But that was the worst time of his life. But the worst day of his life turned into a good one. Because the righteous Jesus was crucified on the same day. And he was crucified next to Jesus. Not only that, the thief believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible says that he gives salvation to everyone who believes in Jesus, and he also promised to bring the thief to heaven. He has promised heaven to everyone who believes. Now that thief’s worst day turned into his best day. If it had happened only one day before and after, it would have been something else. He gives salvation to everyone who believes in Jesus, and He also promised to bring that thief to heaven. He has promised heaven to everyone who believes. Now that thief’s worst day turned into his best day. If it had happened only one day before and after, it would have been something else. He gives salvation to everyone who believes in Jesus, and He also promised to bring that thief to heaven. He has promised heaven to everyone who believes. Now that thief’s worst day turned into his best day. If it had happened only one day before and after, it would have been something else.
Today we also believe and receive forgiveness of sins, heaven, salvation and eternal life. If you also want to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and find salvation in Him, you can repeat this prayer in your heart with me. Lord Jesus today I know the truth. Today I know what you did for me on the cross. You died on the cross and went to the grave and rose from the dead on the third day. I believe in you and I ask you to save me, give me salvation, give me heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. If you pray this prayer, the salvation that Jesus gives is with you. Your sins are forgiven but you will be in heaven with Jesus after this life.