I have been thinking lately about the thief on the cross next to Jesus, well both of them actually. I was thinking about how both men started off that day with no hope for a future. Both men must have thought “this is it, my life is over.” Both must have been terrified, maybe they didn’t sleep the night before. Maybe they had been beat just as Christ was. But what is amazing to think about is how both men at their darkest hour, literally crucified with Christ had stumbled upon their only hope. Christ being in the middle, both men must make a choice even in this gruesome moment of what to do with Jesus.
One man rejects Jesus. The other embraces Jesus. Both were crucified with Christ but only one got to rise with Him.
There is some incredible imagery and duality in the story. I think it is helpful to think about these two men because everyday we are given the choice. In Galatians 2:20 Paul says “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”