We like to give attention to stories that go in-depth and we love characters who live in the spotlight. However, there is a character in scripture who didn’t get much pub, but what his story is about is one worth telling.
The thief on the cross only had a small portion of scripture, but he has a huge impact from that little portion. This thief was on the cross next to Jesus and was put there because of his own doings. This is a man who hated Jesus but once he witnessed Jesus’ authority, submission and strength from the crucifixion, he bowed his heart to the One he once despised.
This story is very creative and the author does a marvelous job at telling the Gospel through the thief’s eyes. Some may speculate that the author is adding to the story what isn’t there, but it’s obvious from scripture that the thief was repentant and remorseful for what he thought of Jesus and he verbalized his desire to spend eternity with Jesus in paradise.
This is a book that you will want to look through before preaching a series through the Gospels and it is a fresh look at something all church-goers know. What a thrilling and compelling story of the thief who went to the cross as an enemy of Jesus but left this earth in worship of Him.
Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews for the copy. I was not required to write a positive review.