Christ Between Two Thieves
A. Miller, 1865
In the same way the chief priests,
the teachers of the law and
the elders mocked him.
"He saved others", they said,
"but he can't save himself.
Let him come down now from the cross,
and we will believe in him."
Matthew 27, Mark 15
Luke 23, John 19
At the place Calvary they laid the cross down, and stretched Jesus upon it, and drove nails through his hands and feet to fasten him to the cross; and then they stood it upright with Jesus upon it. While the soldiers were doing this dreadful work, Jesus prayed for them to God saying, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they are doing."
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The soldiers also took the clothes that Jesus had worn, giving to each one a garment. But when they came to his undergarment, they found that it was woven, and had no seams; so they said, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to see who shall have it." So at the foot of the cross the soldiers threw lots for the garment of Christ.
Two men who had been robbers and had been sentenced to die by the cross, were led out to die at the same time with Jesus. One was placed on a cross at his right side, and the other at his left; and to make Jesus appear as the worst, his cross stood in the middle. Over the head of Jesus on his cross, they placed, by Pilate's order, a sign on which was written,
"This is Jesus Of Nazareth,
The King Of The Jews."
This was written in three languages. In Hebrew, which was the language of the Jews, in Latin, the language of the Romans, and in Greek. Many of the people read this writing, but the chief priests were not pleased with it. They urged Pilate to have it changed from King of the Jews to "He said, I am King of the Jews." But Pilate would not change it. He said, "What I have written, I have written."
And the people who passed by on the road, as they looked at Jesus on the cross, mocked at him. Some called out to him, "You that would destroy the Temple, and build it in three days, save yourself. If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!"
And the priests and scribes said, "He saved others, but he cannot save himself. Come down from the cross, and we will believe in you!" And one of the robbers who was on his own cross beside that of Jesus joined in the cry, and said, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and save us!"
But the other robber said to him, "Have you no fear of God, to speak thus, while you are suffering the same fate with this man? And we deserve to die, but this man has done nothing wrong."
Then this man said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when thou comes into thy kingdom."
And Jesus answered him, as they were both hanging on their crosses,
"Today you shall be with me in heaven."
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