“When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left” (Luke 23:33).
On three crosses were found a Savior and two criminals; each offering a word for our consideration. From Jesus comes a word of redemption–”Father, forgive them.” We are shocked that in the presence of such grace a criminal hurls abuse at Jesus–a word of rejection. The other, however, defends the innocence of Jesus while acknowledging their guilt. This one receives a word of reception and the promise of paradise. The word of the cross always brings us to a cross road as to what our lives will be about.