(39) And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, if thou be the Christ, save thyself and us. (40) But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? (41) And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. (42) And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thou kingdom. (43) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:39-43 KJV)
A few weeks back. I listened to a minister teach on this subject. He asked this question. Which side of the cross are you on? In the above scripture we know that Jesus is nailed to the cross. He is between two malefactors. Malefactors is simply someone(s) who commits an offense against the law. Scripture tells us that while Jesus hung from the cross. One of the criminals railed him. To be railed means to have someone express critcism in a harsh, bitter sort of way. So we know that one of these criminals begin to speak harshly to Jesus. If you are the Christ save yourself, Oh and while you are at it. Save us as well. This man actually represents some of the people living in the world today. They may not physically be hanging from the cross, but they rail on Jesus. They have many bitter complaints against him. They want for Jesus to prove himself to them. You see this man did not believe that he was the Christ. His words. Even his tone showed that he didn’t. On the other side of Christ however, was a man who recognized who Jesus was. He began to rebuke the other man. You see. He saw that Jesus was innocent. This man asked. Do you not fear God? Our crimes got us here, but he has done nothing wrong. This man represents the other population living in this world today. The ones who recognize. That I should be hanging from the cross. My sins brought me here. As believers we know that we deserve the punishment for our sins. These two malefactors both committed crimes that was worthy of death. Yet, they had opposite reactions. One decided not to see Jesus for who he truly was. So he spoke harshly to him and demanded that Jesus prove himself. The other recognized who Jesus was. He admitted his sins and asked Jesus to remember him in paradise. I ask which side of the cross are you on? Believe it or not we stand on one side of the cross or the other. We either stand on the side of the cross where we criticize Jesus and ask him show me you are who say you are. He already he proved it by his death and resurrection. Or we can stand on the side of the cross where we recognize Jesus for who he is. We recognize him as our Saviour. We know we deserve the punishment of our sins but for Jesus sacrifice we have grace and mercy we know that we are forgiven. So which side of the cross are you on?