The Two Thieves - Easter Poem
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The Two Thieves

When they got to the place called Skull Hill, they crucified
him, along with the criminals, one on his right the other
on his left.  One of the criminals hanging alongside him
cursed him;  Some Messiah you are! Save Yourself! Save
us!  But the other one made him shut up: Have you no fear
of God?  You’re getting the same as him.  We deserve this
but not him . . . Jesus, remember me when You come into
Your kingdom.  He said, don’t worry I will.  Today you will
join me in Paradise.
 Luke 23
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A thief hung on either side,
one lives, the other died.
Both were guilty of their sin.
One Thief cursed,
the other confessed
Him to be the suffering Son of God.

Their scourging was not as brutal.
His blood alone filled the Crucible
of Salvation, paid in full for all
men and women condemned at the Fall.

The repentant are redeemed
by the forgiving Son of God.
A thief hung on either side,
that dreadful day when Love died.

All hope sealed within the Tomb.

Death consumed the world in gloom
until five hundred people saw
the victorious Son of God.
Luke 23

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Used with permission by Joyce Carr Stedelbauer from her book “WHO ROLLED THE STONE?

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