The thief on the cross next to Jesus is a bad man.
He is a criminal, a thug, someone who beat up others to take their possessions. Some even say he was murderer.
He is the lowest of the lowest and the sinner of sinners.
The thief on the cross is SO bad, he is found worthy of death and is nailed to a cross.
The thief on the cross is the modern day carjacker, bank robber and liquor store bandit. He is the prisoner who finds God in jail, you know, the ones you see on TV.
He is the darkest of person in your life; the father who beat you, the uncle who molested you, and the mother who left you. He is the drunk family member who insults you and threatens to kill you.
The thief on the cross is also the boss you don’t like, the client who ripped you off, the cook who spat in your food, and that son of b***h who cut you off at the intersection.
The thief is also that person you judge too fat, too ugly, too gay, to slutty, or just has too many tattoos.
The thief on the cross is also the politician you hate, the pope you don’t like and the football player from the other team. He is Hitler, Stalin, Saddam, and Bin Laden.
The thief on the cross is everyone YOU don’t like, the ones YOU judge (worthy of death) for whatever reason.
But you don’t only judge down, you also judge UP.
You have a favorite celebrity, politician, friend, and family member.
You prefer to sit next to this person instead of that one, feed this one but not that one.
You prefer to honor this person, not that one.
The thief on the cross is also everyone you DO like.
YOU get judged every day, too.
YOU get judged too fat, too skinny, to pretty, too ugly, too talented or too stupid.
YOU get judged worthy of death by fellow man, every day.
The thief on the cross is YOU.
YOU are being crucified at the same time as Jesus.
The thief on the cross is all of humanity.
The thief on the cross was judged worthy of death by man but worthy of life by God.
Just like you.