Jesus & 2 Criminals at Calvary

Seven Remarks

“And when they had crucified him,
They parted his garments,
Casting lots upon them,
What every man should take.” Mark 15:24.

In the course of history, there are moments that change the history of the human race. Some of the events are not recognized as THE dynamic influence this has upon people, at the time, and in even later. This is the reason we must always observe the surroundings which are before us every day. It seems smart people either do not care what happens or they are not intelligent to grasp any given situation.

Even though the above paragraph is appropriate for a culture. The same remark could be commented in such fields as music, medicine, architecture, farming and all human endeavors. There is no need to dwell upon the concept. As we look upon the actions of people, we can honestly say there are moments when a small change happens – but it actually opens up new reactions that no one can even imagine.

It seems that people who start a movement are obviously a different breed of men. There is a remark in the English language that suggests that we must be prepared. The remark is: “It was time for this to happen”. As far as we know such is not correct. Some men and women are made different. One could say that will happen. No this is not correct.

Nothing just happens!

One person has made a remark which has a validity that can prove the point that events will support these propositions. When you read this next sentence – at least ponder upon it. Every 500 years some action pushes mankind in another direction.

This remark is not exact – but is correct enough that we can at least point to the incident as a turning point in the affairs of men to show there is truth in what was said or done.

The supporting evidence to this 500-year change can be seen from these remarks and/or words that can be supported in history. Remember my dates are not exact.

First, Moses freed the Israelites’ in about 1500 B.C. He was the great law giver which our very laws are based. In some cases, the wording is almost verbatim.

Second, David established the nation of Israel which was the power and might that established His kingdom.

Third, Judah and Israel fell into slavery about 500 B.C.

Fourth, the Savior for all man was born into the human race.

Fifth, near 500 A.D. the City of Rome fell to the barbarians. This meant chaos for law and order. This vacuum created the Middle Ages or the Dark Age and enshrouded all of Europe.

Sixth, in about 1000 A.D. a speech was delivered by Pope Urban II, that the knights of Europe should go on a crusade to the Holy Land to destroy the Muslims. They went to Jerusalem.

Seventh, then about 1500 A.D. two strange things happened. One was the printing press which meant that now people could read the Bible in their own language. Plus, another act that happened was that America was discovered by Columbus.

Eighth, there was a second invention that literally changed so much we can not even understand the impact of its gifts. Yes, it came about in the 1990’s. It was and is the computer, which normally is termed the digital apparatus. This lead to Worldwide Internet Access.

Yes, I understand this summary is not accurate but it is very close to the 500-year mark. These figures are general.


From a historical perspective, the people of the United States have been fooled on several occasions by the lying tongues of the politicians. One of the biggest liars was Woodrow Wilson who campaigned in the election to keep us out of the conflict of Europe’s wars. Then in his second term he saw to it we were engaged in a war which has been called World War I.


Another fabrication was how great the Federal Reserve would be for the people.


This was not only a lie but this group was responsible for the depression in the 1920’s. Few people know who really owns the den of snakes who live off of the backs of the working class. Woodrow Wilson did this to the American people.

The next Democratic president was a disaster. This was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His first term was no European soldiers for the war. But, his second term was evil from the onset. It cost the lives of thousands of young men in World War I in Europe and The Pacific. He took us into World War II.

Words do matter! These are examples of powerful events and the beliefs held by evil & corrupt men.



The remainder of the blog will describe the defining moments of all of history. The entire incident only took about six (6) hours from when it started at approximately at 9:00 a.m. and by 3:00 p.m. the life of Christ had been brutally taken from His body. It is from the six hours that Jesus had set in motion that changed the world, which even those around Him did not realize what an awesome event that it was.

Jesus & 2 Criminals at Calvary

At that time there was a sense that nature itself was in rebellion against this evil event – when godless men sought to destroy a man who had only bestowed healing on sick people and mentally disturbed persons.


One should never forget this is the usual pattern of humanity. To Destroy the good! Uphold EVIL!


When such events happen, then expect this to be the way of humans. When the Jewish writings are read, it is from their view point that a special person would come who would restore the glories of the past. We call these remarks as a prophecy. Listed hereafter are some of these:

  • Genesis 12:3-seed of Abraham
  • Isaiah 9:7-David’s throne
  • Daniel 9:25-Time of birth
  • Jeremiah 31:15-slaughter of innocent
  • Psalm 35:19- Hatred
  • Isaiah 53:12-Crucified
  • Psalm 69:21- Given vinegar
  • Psalm 22:17-Soldiers gambling.

* The list could be extended with at least twenty-five other prophecies.



Christ had been brutalized and physically abused for hours before being hammered to a cross beam. Then it was no wonder the Son of God would cry out for a liquid. His body which was made of the same substance as ours would cry out for relief. John 19:28, tells us this.

“After this, Jesus knowing that all things
were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.”

To some this might seem a trivial remark. In the typical world it was not water – but vinegar that touched His lips. No passion! Mockery!

Yes, near the cross were two people that He had a deep concern for. They were his mother and a close associate who had been with Jesus for a period of about three years. Women were looked upon as lowlifes and things to be used for the benefit of men.

Under the circumstances it would only be natural Jesus would provide for her. This was the young virgin who gave birth to the Son of God. We are told in John 19:26,27.

Provisions were made for Mary, the mother of Jesus:

“”When Jesus therefore saw his mother,
and disciple standing by, whom he loved,
he saith unto his mother, “Woman, behold thy Son!”
Then saith he to the disciple,
Behold thy mother! And from that hour
that disciple took her unto his own home.””

One of his first acts on the Cross was to make an accommodation for the woman that had given nourishment and sustenance to Him.


The authors of the Gospels tell us there was a conversation between our Lord and two thieves who were on each side of Him. There must have been a conversation which we have no record of it in the entirety. One of the thieves railed against Jesus while the other grasped the situation and asked for mercy and relief.

Jesus told one that death was coming to both that day. Both would be transferred to another place. Jesus said it would be Paradise. The reference may be to the Garden of Eden which God has never removed. It could be a place where we wait until all has been fulfilled. Christ was going there also. We know the Greeks used this idea in describing a place of rest and delight.

The comment of Jesus was one of encouragement. Here is another indication there is life after death for all.

Jesus told the one thief that he would have a place very shortly. In Luke 23:43, these words can be read.

“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee,
Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

As death approached the Son of God there was a cry of anxiety when Jesus talked to God personally. You and I have the same ability to put forth our fears and frustration. The Christian calls this prayer. Each one of us has gone through a similar situation when it was impossible to understand our surroundings. We have anguish in our minds. The Bible is filled with questions made to God and other humans. Matthew 27:46, gives this quote for us to know.

“”And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice,
saying, “E’li, E’li, la’ma’ sa-bach’tha-ni”? That is to say,
“My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?””


As a Christian there are many times that the same remark enters our mind. We must remember that we need to just live by faith. In the world we are now in there is frustration. The question on the national basis is why Donald Trump signed the Omnibus bill. It made him out as a liar. He is in the same category as the Democrats.

The final remark was when Jesus stated, “It is finished.” This is found in John 19:30.

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar,
he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head,
and gave up the ghost.”

The mark of Jesus on this earth as to His Ministry was over. The new testament was set out for all eternity. What was to be through the prophecies was completed.

The sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin had been done. All sin is to be erased once one accepts Jesus Christ. This was the cleansing of the human race. Since that time, we need not carry our sins as a burden. All can be erased.

Heathens do not know or how to handle death. Christians know. In his time at the cross – Jesus assured us of eternity.


  • A sacrifice has been made.
  • Jesus is the only way.
  • We can be made pure.
  • Six hours was the defining moment.

God Bless Our Republic.



“At the Cross
Alas, and did my Saviour bleed?
And did my Sovreign die?
Would He devote that sacred head,
For such a worm as I?

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith, I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Was it for crimes that I had done,
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith, I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Well might the sun in darkness hide,
And shut His glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died,
For man the creature’s sin.

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith, I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

But drops of grief can ne’re repay,
The debt of love I owe;
Here, Lord, I give myself away,
‘Tis all that I can do!”


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March 25, 2018

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