Rebellion and Redemption
Ridiculing the Christ
“Art thou not the Christ?” with its interrogative word οὐχί (the strong οὐ) which implies that the question must be strongly affirmed shows how this impenitent malefactor wanted Jesus to be the Christ, wanted it for his purpose. He will let this Christ save himself, but he must then certainly save also him and his companion. That is all he wants a mighty Christ for, to escape the cross and death, to go on living his wicked life, to cheat justice. There is no shadow of repentance, no trace of faith in Christ.