What We Can Learn From the Thief on the Cross

How could the Romans and the Jewish leaders have been so deceived to put Jesus to death? It’s easy for us to sit back and say that. But 2000 years ago, they believed him to be a charlatan. Even His disciples who shared his days for 3 years believed he was to establish a kingdom in which the Jewish race would be free of the Romans. So when Jesus hung on a cross, vulnerable and near death, they lost all hope. They hadn’t grasped the truth.

Jesus endured the cross on that Friday before the Passover. The two thieves on either side of him, sentenced to die like Jesus, saw the situation in two very different ways. One jeered at him, but the other – a different story.

By all appearances, Jesus’ kingdom hadn’t worked out. But the one thief made a remarkable utterance. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” How could he say this when the King was dying? This man’s faith was awe-inspiring. His vision transported him past the gruesome torture, pain, and death on the cross to another Kingdom in which Jesus would reign for all eternity. Because of the man’s spiritual vision, he would share in that kingdom as well.

God is no respecter of persons. He will grant us wisdom and spiritual vision as well – for hope in the next life, but for this one as well. Do you sometimes wonder where the Lord is taking you on your writing journey? Maybe you’ve received some rejections and it stings, or maybe you can’t find as much time to work on your novel and it’s frustrating.

God has a plan for you. You can have vision like the thief on the cross. Trust Him, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings to be in charge of every word you pen.

“We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Luke 23:41

Dear Lord, No matter where my life leads, I want to follow You, to honor You, to trust You. Though You’ve never done wrong, You took my punishment. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

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