When Jesus is being crucified, two others are crucified with him.  Two thieves.

There are THREE crosses, not just one.

The crucifixion of Jesus is the event of all major events in the history of histories, so why share the spotlight with two others?

And if there are THREE crosses, why do we only concentrate on ONE?

If we were meant to concentrate on only one cross, there would only BE one cross.

The significance of the three crosses is life-changing, whether you call yourself a Christian or not.

The Conversation

One of the thieves mocks Jesus, the other has a one-liner conversation with Him.

The conversation between the thief on the cross and Jesus goes like this:

And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”
And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
Luke 23:42-43

This passage reads the same in every translation of the bible, including the New World Translation of the Jehovah Witnesses.

At first glance this is an insignificant part of the bible and indeed, most churches glance over this and don’t teach it in depth, mainly because it does seem somewhat tame in comparison to all the juicy stuff.

But if you dig deep, you will find that it impacts YOU directly, whether you’re a Christian, Catholic, Baptist, Protestant, Mormon, Jehovah Witness, Jew, Muslim, Aborigine, or anything else.  The thief on the cross will actually show you WHY you are (any of) those things.

First things first…

Who is the thief on the cross?

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.