Summary: This morning we are going to talk about the two men who were crucified along side of Jesus.

“Which Side of the Cross Are You On?”

Luke 23:32-33

OPENING JOKE: Can’t Take That Chance

During a holiday to Israel, a man’s mother-in-law died. She was in Israel with the family, so there was the difficulty of making funeral arrangements for her in a foreign country. The Israeli morgue explained that the body can be sent back to Australia, at a cost of $10,000, or she can be buried in an Israeli cemetery for just $200. The son-in-law quickly decides to have his mother-in-law shopped home. "yes sir, but are you sure?" asks the morgue official. "It is very expensive". "I know" says the son-in-law. "But 2000 years ago they buried a guy here and three days later he rose from the dead. I just can’t take that chance!"

INTRODUCTION: Welcome to ‘Resurrection Sunday’ morning service

This morning we are going to talk about the two men who were crucified along side of Jesus. We are going to talk about

- What they did to get put on the cross

- What they said while they were on the cross

- What happened to their souls after they died on the cross.

These men had received the death penalty for breaking man’s law

- Both of these men were condemned to death because the Scripture says they were ‘robbers’

- Ordinary thieves were not usually crucified

- The word ‘robbers’ actually denotes a ‘rebel and brigand (thug) who plunders as he steals’ (J. Macarthur)

- These men were probably the cohorts of Barabbas, who is called a ‘notorious’ criminal (Matthew 27: 16)

Quote: They hung on their crosses, convicted of a crime they had committed, and received the penalty from the law that they had incurred

***This morning I want us to study the minds of these two men and to meditate on what was going on in their heads as they inched closer toward the horrible death of suffocation and asphyxiation that the cross brings.

And I want us to relate their experience to our own in this life, asking ourselves, “Which side of the cross am I on?”

I. They Both Started the Day in the Same Condition

a. In the beginning they both rejected Christ

i. Matthew 27: 44 “Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him....”

ii. Their legal condemnation of death on the cross caused their already rebellious hearts to become even more enraged

1. Mark 15:25 tells us that the crucifixion started at about the 3rd hour, or around 9:00 am

2. At this point both men were ‘reviling’ Jesus which means they were ‘insulting and berating’ Him

iii. Likewise, before coming to Christ, we all were in a state of rebellion

iv. The Bible says that we rebel so much against the Gospel that if God did not put it in our hearts the desire for Christ, we would never even seek Him

v. John 6:44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

1. Look at the wording there, it doesn’t say, ‘no man WILL come’ it says that ‘no man CAN come’

2. Our rebellious nature toward God is so powerful that we could not come to Jesus unless God draws us in

vi. Quote: At some point we have all been right where these men were: Face to face with Jesus rejecting Him as Lord


But then a miracle happened…One of the men changed


II. They Became Separated Because of Their Convictions

a. The Gospel of Luke tells us that before the 6th hour something happened to one of the robbers and He saw Jesus for who He really is

i. Luke 23:39-41 “Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong."”

ii. Now we have two men, one on either side of Christ, with two totally different point of view about the man in the center

b. [1] One was mocking Christ’s Character

i. He was saying things like, ‘if you are the king, get down off the cross’

ii. But he also did not forget his own plight because he added, ‘get us down as well’

1. He didn’t see that he needed forgiveness

2. He probably didn’t even think that what he had done to warranted his execution

3. He didn’t think that he deserved the cross, and if Jesus got down, then he ought to get down too

iii. His own impending death and spirit of rebellion blinded his eyes toward who Jesus was and what He was doing

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