The Last Act Of The Son Of God

was to save a sinner. That was a part of the glory of His death. He

commenced His ministry by saving sinners, and ended it by saving

this poor thief. "Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the

lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the Lord: Even the captives

of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible

shall be delivered." He took this captive from the jaws of death. He

was on the borders of
hell, and Christ snatched him away.

No doubt Satan was saying to himself: "I shall have the soul of that

thief pretty soon. He belongs to me. He has been mine all these


But in his last hours the poor wretch cried out to the Lord, and He

snapped the fetters that bound his soul, and set him at liberty. He

threw him a passport into heaven. I can imagine, as the soldier

drove his spear into our Savior's side, there came flashing into the

mind of the thief the words of the prophet Zechariah:

"In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David,

and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness."

You see, in the conversion of this thief, that