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The Cross (Jesus and the two thieves, the personal significance)

I am sure we are very familiar with the story of the crucifixion of Christ and how it became the hallmark of salvation for mankind, the most historical event known to man and it’s significance to us all.

It’s so beautiful how God used the cross to bring man into the great love He has for him and also guarantee a future for him. Everything christ did and was subjected to, even to the cross, His death in the cross to His resurrection was all symbolic and representation of God’s law and statutes, it was the law being fulfilled and justified. Not random events but well structured ones by the King of kings to fulfill every prophecy and law that have been given.

One of such us what transpired on the cross, this is one thing we easily overlook in our days but is very important that we do, as it is the very foundation on which our faith can be deeply rooted in Christ and understand more of what he did for us on a personal level.

Have we ever asked this? Why was Jesus crucified amongst two thieves? Was it random or was it God’s working from the beginning?

Although prophet Isaiah did prophecy about Christs’ death.

I will give Him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death, he was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.
– Isaiah 53:12

He didn’t die on the cross because a prophet said so. But to fulfill God’s plan and will for man, the rebels where significant in the crucifixion of Christ and what it symbolises in the man’s life on a deeper level.

Let’s take a look at what transpired on the cross.

One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” The other one, however, rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God? You received the same sentence he did. Ours, however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong.” And he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!” Jesus said to him, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.”
– Luke 23:39‭-‬43

Here is the significance of the story, the first thief represented the flesh while the second represented the soul of man and needless to say Christ was putting the spirit of man right with God and making man able to worship God and fellowship with Him as God has intended from the beginning.

God is a spirit and they that must worship Him must worship Him in truth and spirit.

Man was created in the image of God and in His likeness (Gen 1:26) God is tripartite (the Holy Trinity) so He made man in the same likeness comprising of the (spirit, soul and flesh) and it was His plan from the beginning that they’ll function as one in agreement just as the Holy Trinity function as one, but the devil through sin made man fall out of God’s purpose but God in His mercy and love for man decided to find a way for the redemption of man. And the only way was by sacrificing His only begotten son and this has to be done in a way that reflected his justice, and fulfills ever part of the law no matter how small it might be. And He showed to us the underlying character of the nature of the flesh and the soul with the spirit of man.

The first thief rebelled and spite Christ reflecting how the flesh will always rebel and spite the things of the spirit never being able to comprehend it, the second thief on the other hand signifying how the soul longs to be fed by the spirit and is always in agreement with the spirit rebuking the flesh and drawing near unto the spirit to connect with God and how God never rejects those who call and seek him to make them one with the father…..

View the video for a more comprehensive teachings on this topic.

I pray the Lord brings us to the understanding of his love plan and purpose for creating us. And open our eyes to His saving grace and to accept His love and allow His will to be done in our lives. Amen