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Which Crucified Robber (Thief) Insulted Or Reviled Jesus Christ On The Cross?

Did Any Robber Or Thief Revile (Insult) Jesus Christ On The Cross?

Matthew 27:44, Mark 15:32 and Luke 23:39 says that the crucified robbers (thieves) insulted (reviled) Jesus Christ on the cross. Was it one or both robbers who insulted him? This article explains what actually happened.

How Many Robbers (thieves) Insulted /Reviled Jesus Christ On The Cross?

Two accounts (Matthew 27:44 and Mark 15:32) say it was both robbers while one account (Luke 23:39) says that it was one of the robbers /thieves who reviled him but that the second criminal asked Jesus Christ for mercy.

Why Explain If One Or Both Robbers Insulted Jesus Christ On The Cross

If Matthew 27:44 and Mark 15:32 say that both robbers /thieves reviled Jesus Christ while Luke 23:39 say it was one of the robbers who insulted him, the explanation of this concept is vital to continuity of the confidence in Biblical inerrancy. The explanation will clear every confusion surrounding the concept.

Both Robbers /Thieves Insulted (Reviled) Jesus Christ On The Cross

It was both crucified robbers who actually insulted Jesus Christ on the cross, as recorded by the two accounts of Matthew 27:44 and Mark 15:32, respectively. No doubt about that because, if it were not so, both the accounts of Matthew and Mark, which are also part of Scripture, too wouldn’t have confirmed it.

If Both Robbers Insulted (Reviled) Jesus Christ On The Cross, Why Did Luke 23:39 Say That It Was One Robber That Insulted (Reviled) Him?

What puzzles many people is why Matthew 27:44 and Mark 15:32 say that both robbers insulted Jesus Christ but Luke 23:39 says it was one of the robbers who insulted him. Now, if Matthew 27:44 and Mark 15:32 say that it was both while Luke 23:39 says it was one of the robbers, how can we explain or reconcile them?

Does Matthew 27:44 And Mark 15:32 Contradict Luke 23:39?

Many people suggest that Matthew 27:44, Mark 15:32 and Luke 23:39 are contradictory when discussing whether it was one or both robbers /thieves who mocked Jesus Christ on the cross. Your reading to this stage has brought you face to face with the solution to this controversial issue. Below is the solution.

Why Does Matthew 27:44 And Mark 15:32 Say That Both Robbers /Thieves Insulted (Reviled) Jesus Christ On The Cross

They say so because that is the reality and because their focus is more on the insult against Jesus Christ and the exact number of robbers guilty of it. They emphasize the insult and inform us that both criminals were guilty of the insult.

Why Does Luke 23:39 Say That It Was One Robber Or Thief That insulted (Reviled) Jesus Christ On The Cross?

Luke 23:39 say so not to contradict Matthew 27:44 and Mark 15:32 but because Luke wanted to downplay or de-emphasize the insult of the penitent thief / robber and instead focus more on his penitence or repentance as well as the mercy of Jesus. He opted to play down the reviling or mockery of Jesus Christ and the actual number of robbers guilty of it. Luke emphasizes that one of the robbers eventually repented and Jesus forgave and saved him.

By saying this, Luke does not mean that one of the robbers did not insult Jesus Christ. Rather, instead of stressing the repentant robber’s insult, he stresses his repentance after he and the second unrepentant robber had insulted Jesus. He also pointed out how Jesus Christ responded with mercy.

Conclusion: Is There A Contradiction Between Matthew 27:44, Mark 15:32 and Luke 23:39?

No. There is no contradiction between Matthew 27:44, Mark 15:32 and Luke 23:39. The accounts of Matthew and Mark and that of Luke does not contradict each other, at all. Rather, they complement each other. Matthew and Mark focused on the robbers’ insults, abuses or mockery against Jesus Christ and the exact number of robbers guilty of it while Mark focused on the repentance of one of the criminals who insulted or reviled him in addition to how Jesus Christ responded to the penitent thief, even though both of them had insulted him.

Did Jesus Christ Forgive Both Thieves/ Robbers On The Cross?

No. Jesus Christ forgave only one of the robbers, popularly called the penitent thief. Even though, both robbers insulted, reviled or mocked Jesus Chris on the cross, one of them eventually repented, rebuked the other thief and asked Jesus Christ to remember him in his kingdom. In, response, Jesus Christ assured him that he would be with him in paradise.

What Happened To The Two Thieves On The Cross?

The two thieves on the cross were annoyed with Jesus Christ for not saving both himself and them. So, both of them insulted him. However, shorty afterwards, one of the thieves, who is, now, popularly known as the penitent thief, realized their fault against Jesus Christ, scolded his fellow thief, justifying Jesus Christ. Then, he asked for mercy and was saved. The other thief, however, did not repent and so was not saved.

Lesson From The Two Thieves On The Cross

The lesson from the two thieves on the cross is that we should be willing to admit our guilt, repent and ask for mercy from the Lord Jesus Christ. As you have learnt above, when the penitent thief acknowledged the righteousness of Jesus Christ and their own guilt, he requested mercy and received it while the unrepentant thief hardened his own heart and perished.

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