One of the really fascinating moments of Holy Week occurs when Jesus shares a conversation with the thieves being crucified next to Him. Check out these words from Luke 23:39-43: One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? 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, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Very few places do we get such a deep look into what grace looks like in its' purest form.
Third Day recorded the song Thief on their debut album, and it has long been a favorite of mine. Written from the point of view of the forgiven thief, it is powerful and moving. As you watch, listen and read I hope you will feel a new understanding of God's love and mercy. I hope you will feel drawn in to the sancutaury of His grace.