And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left (Mark 15:27).


And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us (Luke 23:39).

But the other...said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise (Luke 23:40-43).

One man died in sin.  He was a dying sinner.  He died with sin in him.


This is the cross of many today.  They sneer at the cross of The Lord Jesus Christ.  "Save thyself and us," this thief cried.  He, like many today, wanted to be saved but not by the Christ of the center cross.  To his many sins he added the greatest of all: unbelief.  Of such The Lord Jesus said: "If ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." (John 8:24)

One man died for sin.  He was a dying Saviour.  He died with sin upon Him.


This cross is the wonder of all time.  The sins upon The Lord Jesus Christ were your sins and my sins.  We marvel at God's love for us, in that He would punish His own Son for the sins of the whole world.  Christ suffered the agonies of hell so that His followers would be delivered from guilt, punishment, and eternal damnation.

One man died to sin. He was a dying saint.  He did with sin taken from him.


This cross brought about a last minute conversion.  His sins were cancelled in a moment.  No time for good works or sacraments; only faith in The Lord Jesus Christ of the center cross.  What a change, morning in sin, noon in grace, night in glory.  His home in paradise will be shared by all who repent toward God and believe.

This is the history of the whole world and the destiny of every man!