And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. (Luke 23:39 KJV)
Before Jesus died on the Cross, there were two other men hanged beside with Him—one man with anger issue and another with calm and peace. Although the Bible does not mention why these two men were captured by Roman soldiers, we are all guilty as these two men to turn our ways from God.
We were once rebelled against God just a man in Luke 23:39. Romans 3:10-12 says, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” We were once become a children of Satan who decided to refuse all the goodness of God. See what this first man say to Jesus. He didn’t have idea who Jesus was. Next week, we will look the second man on the cross.
Look around our community today and try identify ourselves the changes over the years which we have made. You may have begun your life journey without Jesus Christ. Or you may have decided to let Jesus go in your life since you were 16; and now, you want Jesus to return to in your life. It’s hard to continue our life journey without Jesus Christ. We all have experienced to rebel against God and it’s not go away easy. We cannot stop to make mistakes, because Satan is still trying to come into our lives and destroy our relationship with Jesus Christ.
But we can stop of being friends of rebellion with Satan. We have the power to destroy Satan’s plan if we decide to come and realize that we need our personal Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief [Satan] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The three crosses were not just crosses for capital punishment, but they represent why Jesus had to die for us. One of the crosses was for those who rebel again God.