Mark 15:21-32: Change of heart
“21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means ‘the place of the skull’). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. 25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews. 27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. 29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!’ 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.’ Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.” NIV UK
‘’They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left…Those crucified with him also heaped insults on Him’’ (27, 32b).
But at some point during that day one of them had a change of heart and repented (Luke 23:42). This shows that people can change. It tells us that even those who are antagonistic towards Christ can have a rethink. Essentially, He asked Jesus to save Him, and Jesus did. But if the Lord had saved Himself, He would not have been able to save others (31). Jesus’ sufferings for us were undiluted (23). In a sense, these two rebels represent the entire world, and we are one side or the other of the central cross; rejecting or accepting Jesus. On which side are you?