The Thief on the Cross

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
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Adapted from Luke 23:39-43
READER 1 Jesus was crucified on Golgotha between two thieves.
READER 2 Briggands
READER 3 Highwaymen
READER 2 Bandits
READER 3 Criminals
READER 1 And one of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him:
READER 2 Aren't you the Christ?
READER 3 Save yourself and us!
READER 2 Aren't you the Christ?
READER 3 Save yourself and us!
READER 1 But the other criminal rebuked him.
READER 2 Don't you fear God.
READER 3 Don't you see the injustice here?
READER 1 You are under the same sentence as this man?
READER 2 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve.
READER 3 But this man has done nothing wrong.
READER 1 No crime.
READER 2 No felony.
READER 3 No affront against society or Rome.
READER 2 But we are getting what our deeds deserve.
READER 3 Then he said,
READER 1 Jesus, remember me
READER 2 Remember me
READER 3 Remember me
READER 1 Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
READER 2 When you receive the Kingdom promised to you.
READER 3 The Kingdom due the Messiah
READER 2 The Kingdom due the King.
READER 1 Jesus saw faith in the man.
READER 2 What faith coming from a condemned man said TO a condemned man!
READER 1 Jesus answered him,
READER 2 I tell you the truth,
READER 3 The truth.
READER 1 Today you will be with me in paradise.
READER 2 In Eden
READER 3 In the Garden of God
READER 2 In heaven itself.
ALL Today you will be with me in paradise.

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