Thursday, February 2, 2023
“Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst” (John 19:18 KJV).
See the three on Calvary.
“Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left” (Matthew 27:38). “And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left” (Mark 15:27). “And there were also two other, malefactors [evildoers, criminals], led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left” (Luke 23:32,33). Check also today’s Scripture.
One crucified man died because of his sins, for he was guilty. “And we indeed justly [are rightfully punished]; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss ” (Luke 23:41). Though both thieves initially mocked Jesus (Matthew 27:44; Mark 15:32), this thief repented (changed his mind) and confessed faith in Jesus as Lord/Christ (Luke 23:39-43).
One crucified man died in his sins, for he had no faith in Jesus Christ, completely content in making fun of Him throughout the six hours of their joint crucifixion.
One crucified Man “died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3), “For he [Father God] hath made him [the Lord Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” (1 Peter 3:18). “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9). “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I [Paul!] am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not; ) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity” (1 Timothy 2:5-7).