Don’t you wonder what happened to Barabas after he was released? He was the first to experience Jesus taking his place for the sin he committed. I hope Barabas didn’t ignore this fact (like so many do). I hope he investigated who Jesus was and figured out how he didn’t get what he deserved.
I am impressed with the one criminal crucified with Jesus. He got the big picture.
First, he understood he was getting what he deserved (23:41).
Second he understood that Jesus was innocent (23:41).
Third, he had faith to take Jesus at his word when Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36).
Perhaps he heard people talking, as he dragged his cross to Golgotha, about what Jesus had said to Pilate, or perhaps he just read the sign that was fastened to the cross of Jesus. Either way, he heard it and believed it. This particular criminal actually had a bent toward truth. Remember what Jesus said to Pilate, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (John 18:37)
What an example for us on how simple it is to receive eternal life with Jesus.
- Know that you are a sinner that deserves death.
- Understand Jesus died in your place.
- Have and keep this saving faith until you enter His kingdom.
Three easy steps for those who are on the side of truth. They recognize truth when they see it.
For those who are not on the side of truth….it’s not so easy…..
If you are praying for a loved one to know Christ, pray that they are on “the side of truth”. Then they will recognize truth when they hear it.