The Penitent Thief

It should give us all a great deal of hope and comfort that Jesus

saved such a man as the penitent thief just before He went back to

heaven. Every one who is not a Christian ought to be interested in

this case, to know how he was converted. Any one who does not

believe in sudden conversions ought to look into it. If conversions

are gradual, if it takes six months, or six weeks, or six days to

convert a man, there was n
chance for this thief. If a man who has

lived a good, consistent life cannot be converted suddenly, how much

less chance for him! Turn to the 23d chapter of Luke, and see how

the Lord dealt with him. He was a thief, and the worst kind of a

thief, or else they would not have punished him by crucifixion. Yet

Christ not only saved him, but took him up with Himself into glory.

Let us look at Christ hanging on the cross between the two thieves.

The Scribes and Pharisees wagged their heads, and jeered at Him. His

disciples had fled. Only His mother and one or two other women

remained in sight to cheer Him with their presence among all the

crowd of enemies. Hear those spiteful Pharisees mocking among

themselves: "He saved others; Himself He cannot save." The account

also says that the two thieves "cast the same in his teeth."