“Today, You Will Be with Me in Paradise,” Last Minute Grace – Eternal Rewards

Adding insult to injury, these guys were not placed there next to Jesus as mere witnesses or even out of convenience, but as symbols of disgrace. The soldiers used their presence to further increase Jesus’ own humiliation by sandwiching Him between the rejected and discarded of humanity. It is amazing how the prophecy of Isaiah comes to life, “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; ... and he was numbered with the transgressors

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David Young
“Father, Forgive Them”, Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus on the Cross

About 80 years before the crucifixion of Jesus, the famous Roman politician and orator, Marcus Tullius Cicero, said, “To bind a Roman citizen is a crime, to flog him is an abomination, to slay him almost an act of murder: to crucify him is – what? There is no word that can possibly describe so horrible a deed.”

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