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The account of the thief on the cross is one of the greatest demonstrations of God’s love and forgiveness for sinners. Even in the final minutes of the eleventh hour, the penitent thief received undeserved mercy the moment he called out to Jesus in faith.
“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him [Jesus] to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals–one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, ‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’…
There was a written notice above him [Jesus], which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: ‘Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!’
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.’
Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.'”
(Luke 23:32-33, 38-43)
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