These Two Thieves
These Two Thieves
THESE TWO THIEVES
‘Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed’
- Luke 23:32 (NIV)
We can not comprehend fully the blessings and the lessons of Calvary until when Holy Spirit quickens our hearts to such. For example, man received healing and forgiveness of sin, from the course of Calvary. Many things happened simultaneously right at Calvary. Our Christian victory is incomplete without Calvary.
In Roman’s law or constitutions, nobody can execute a man without the Governor’s authority. On this, Pilate had four people before him, released one and executed three. The man released was Barabba (accused of causing chaos, typical of you and me), whose name means son of a father, and Son of the Father was crucified for him.
After leaving Pilate, Jesus was condemned to death by crucifixion together with two thieves, who were also condemned to death by hanging. These two thieves died by suffocation (dying slowly) and not by losing their blood. After shedding his blood, Jesus on the other hand, gave up his spirit and died a much more painful death for mankind.
Having identified Barabba and Jesus, who then were these two thieves that the State refused to pardon, but sentenced to death by hanging? Although the Bible did say that they were thieves, we could deduce more to it by their statements on the tree: ‘One of the criminals who HUNG there hurled insults at him: ‘’Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!’’ – Luke 23:39 (NIV) (Emphasis mine). He was not repentant of his crime, but was desperate to get down from the tree and go BACK to his former life. Could this man represent our Fear from past failures? Only if we could go back and correct it, we would not be in this present situation. It is unproductive to embitter the present by worrying over things that happened in the past. Worrying incapacitates your thinking faculty and dislodges your concentration. Hear God; ‘ Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.’ – Isaiah 43:18
Settle the past with God and lock the door behind you. It is a crime to go against the Word of God, let this thief die with your past.
Hearing the second man talk, we can deduce more about him:
‘But the other criminal rebuked him. ‘’Don’t you fear God’’ he said. ‘’Since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong’’ Then he said, ‘’Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom’’ ‘ – Luke 23: 40 – 42. Here was a man with a concern for the WHEN (you come into your Kingdom). Definitely, he was not dwelling on the Past neither was he concern so much about the Present. Could this criminal represent our ANXIETIES for the Future? Worrying about the future cripples you in the present. Anxiety is dangerous (criminal), but anxiety about things, which have not yet happened, is time bomb!
The spirit of fear only works through the past and the future; Fear comes up from the Past to accuse us because of previous mistakes. It comes from the future to intimidate and harass us of the Unknown. Like cockroaches do well in the dark, so these thieves do well in worry. Where the Doctors’ scalpel can not get, worry can get there – your heart!
Systematically, the Past has stolen from us all, using the instrumentality of ‘’Why?’’ and ‘’How long?’’ In the same manner, the Future has robbed us all using the tools of ‘’What if?’’ and ‘‘how shall it be?’’ Yesterday is a dream and tomorrow is but a vision, but today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Prophetically, Jesus was crucified between the two thieves, the Past and the Future. The Man in the middle was God of Today. He was the same God that sent Moses to Egypt (Exodus 3:14). Jesus affirmed this Name again and again in the Gospels. There is no future in the past, your glorious future is rooted in Christ Jesus TODAY. By the strength and the grace of God via the Holy Spirit, do something each day: treating each day as a unit. The God of tomorrow will take care of tomorrow.
If truly you are heavenly minded, know for sure that these two thieves will not make it beyond Calvary. Hear Jesus,’Today salvation comes to your house’ (to Zacheaus), ‘Today you will be with me in Paradise’ (to one of the thieves). And the Bible says Today is the day of Salvation. Make today a gateway to your glorious future, casting your cares unto Jesus, He is your Lord and Savior – Trust Him!
Preparing the Bride,