The gospel of Luke includes a moment in the story of the crucifixion that no other gospel writer does: the story of the thief on the cross (Luke 23:32-43). Jesus, as you’ll remember from last week, is not crucified alone – a condemned criminal is on either side of him. Because crucifixion is an excruciatingly long process, the men hanging naked and bleeding have time to talk – and one criminal, angry to the end, uses some of his last moments to jeer at Jesus. “Are you not the Christ?” he yells. “Save yourself and us!” (Luke 23:39 ESV). The other criminal, however, rebukes him. “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong” (Luke 23:40-41 ESV).
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