April 20, 2014
“Therefore will I provide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death; and he was numbered with the transgressors: and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” – Isaiah 53:12
The fact that Christ was crucified with more than one transgressor was not only prophesied by Isaiah, but the authors of all four Gospels. No one knows the exact moral condition of these two thieves before the crucifixion, but apparently it was not good.
The thing we do get from the gospels is that there was a recorded interaction between the dying sinner and the dying Savior. From the sinners lips to the Saviors ear came a desperate pleading voice from the edge of eternity, “Lord remember me!” And from the dying Saviors lips to a sinner’s ear came the answer bursting with undeserved promise: “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
So from Golgotha’s hill, Christ entered the glory world bearing the soul of an outlaw He found at the cross. Justice and mercy had never been so close. When a man is at his worse, Christ is at His best!
If the circumstances of sin have you pinned to a destiny too hard to contemplate, reach for the nail-scared hands that are reaching for you. The end of your story will be determined by your response just as it was for the outlaws. – Pastor W.I. Smith