Under Conviction





The next time we hear of him, he appears to be under conviction:



"And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying,

If thou be Christ, save Thyself and us. But the other answering

rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the

same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due

reward of our deeds: but this Man hath done nothing amiss."



What do you suppose made so great a change in this man in these few

hours? Christ had not preached a sermon, had given him no

exhortation. The darkness had not yet come on. The earth had not

opened her mouth. The business of death was going on undisturbed.

The crowd was still there, mocking and hissing and wagging the head.

Yet this man, who in the morning was railing at Christ, is now

confessing his sins and rebuking the other thief. "We indeed

justly!" No miracle had been wrought before his eyes. No angel from

heaven had come to place a glittering crown upon His head in place

of the bloody crown of thorns.



What was it wrought such a change in him?



I will tell you what I think it was. I think it was the Savior's

prayer:



"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."



I seem to hear the thief





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