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Introduction
PRAY
Ridiculing the Christ
One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him - These men that were crucified with Jesus were more than common thieves.
They were rebellious insurrectionists.
They had committed crimes that were worthy of death under Roman rule.
These men are both hanging upon their own cross and will be dying shortly though the death with be grueling and painful.
Luke tells his audience one of the two that were being executed treated Jesus with the same contempt as the rulers of Israel and the Roman soldiers who were present.
He is speaking a stream of insults against Jesus.
When one rails against another this is speaking toward someone is such a way to bring harm or injury to one’s reputation.
This is a blasphemous assault.
The criminal is calling Jesus into question.
He is mocking him and his claim.
Saying, “Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us!” - This demand for Jesus to rescue himself had been heard two previous times.
The simply point is that Jesus must rescue himself in order to prove that he is the long-awaited Messiah, the chosen One of Israel.
The criminal adds a selfish demand along with his challenge of Jesus.
He wants Jesus to save both of the other men who are being crucified at this moment.
Saying, “Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us!” - This demand for Jesus to rescue himself had been heard two previous times.
The simply point is that Jesus must rescue himself in order to prove that he is the long-awaited Messiah, the chosen One of Israel.
The criminal adds a selfish demand along with his challenge of Jesus.
He wants Jesus to save both of the other men who are being crucified at this moment.
R.C.H. Lenski writes:
“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.
Rebuking the Ridiculer
But the other rebuked him - This is interesting.
The second criminal that is being executed takes to the defense of Jesus.
He reprimands, corrects or admonishes the first criminal who had railed against Jesus.
In short, he sees something very wrong with what is happening to Jesus.
However, this was not always the case.
Saying, “Do you not fear God - Do you not have any respect for the Lord?
The point here is that as these men are closing in on their death, it is not the time to be hurling insults at someone, especially when that someone is the Messiah of Israel.
The criminal should be seeking to have God’s mercy and pardon.
Since you are under the same condemnation?
- The criminal is stating a plain fact.
All three men are receiving the same punishment.
The have been sentenced to death and that judgment is being carried out against them all.
In this regard, they were the same.
However, there is more to say concerning this situation.
And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds - It is emphatic in the original that the criminal is highlighting his and the other criminal’s guilt.
He is admitting that they are getting exactly what was deserved based upon what they had done.
He admits that they are being rightly punished.
But this man has done nothing wrong.
- This man, the one hanging between us, who has not said anything in his own defense.
The criminal is stating that Jesus is different from them.
He is receiving death, but he has not done anything that is deserving of this punishment.
Literally, he has done nothing that is out of place.
Pilate has three times claimed Jesus’ innocence, Herod agreed and now there is a third that recognizes the Lamb of God’s purity.
Requesting Mercy of the Christ
And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
- The request is made directly to Jesus, the one who saves.
This is a very strange thing to ask someone who is hanging on a Roman cross, an instrument of certain death.
The criminal asks Jesus not to forget him or to call him to mind.
What does he mean by this?
He is simply asking Jesus to save him.
When?
He is asking to be saved when Jesus comes into his kingdom.
He is referring to Jesus’ reign, rule and dominion as the Messiah.
He is not certain as to exactly when this kingdom will come.
However, this indicates that the criminal did not think that death on the cross would bring any harm to Jesus’ claim as King.
He believed that Jesus would rule in his kingdom.
Redeeming the Repentant Criminal
And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you - Certainly, I assure you, you can count on what I am about to tell you or you can trust this.
Today you will be with me in paradise.”
- Before the sun goes down or sets, before the end of this day you will be remembered.
Your salvation and deliverance is coming to you today.
On this day, you will be joining me in paradise.
What does Jesus mean by paradise?
Paradise is the forever abode of the righteous.
Philippians
There will be, of course, a future consummation of this reality.
The presence of the Lord will be enjoyed more fully by his people in body and spirit after the final resurrection and the completion of all things pertaining to salvation and redemption.
Practical Application
Carnal men are focused on the physical world to the neglect of the spiritual.
When there is no fear of God, one acts with dangerous foolishness.
Romans
In about the same amount of time as the repentant criminal was with Jesus in paradise, the unrepentant one had entered into eternal torment.
Believe and keep on believing in Jesus.
Rejoice in the God of pure grace.
In the narrative, Jesus died before the other two.
The first trophy of his grace brought into the presence of the Father after the actual atonement was a condemned, executed, godless criminal, who trusted in him.
Rejoice in the God of pure grace
There is a fountain filled with blood
  Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
  Lose all their guilty stains:
  Lose all their guilty stains,
  Lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
  Lose all their guilty stains.
2 The dying thief rejoiced to see
  That fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he,
  Wash all my sins away:
  Wash all my sins away,
  Wash all my sins away;
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