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Episode #5: The Crucifixion of Jesus from the Thief’s Perspective

March 23, 2015

The Bible only records a small part of the thief’s story in Luke’s Gospel. So how could an entire book be written on the thief, including the crucifixion of Jesus from the thief’s perspective?

Pastor Colin discusses the ‘aha’ moment he experienced while reading Luke 23 and how it influenced the writing of Heaven, How I Got Here

The ‘aha’ moment came for me when I saw that Jesus died before the thief. We know this because John tells us that when the soldiers came to break the legs of the victims, Jesus was already dead. That means that the thief heard all the words spoken by Jesus from the cross.

After putting his trust in Jesus, the thief heard the Savior cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” It isn’t hard to imagine how much that would have tested the thief’s new found faith. But then he witnessed the death of Jesus: his shout of triumph, “It is finished” and his self-giving into the hands of his Father.

The real story here is the story of the sufferings and death of Jesus, and I have tried to tell it through the eyes and experience of the person who had the closest view of these events, and whose life was the first to be transformed by them.

The Author
Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is a writer and Bible teacher. She has previously served as content manager of Unlocking the Bible. She is the author, along with Sarah Walton, of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (The Good Book Company, April 2017). She blogs at her website, and you can follow her on Twitter. She and her husband Brad are parents to their sweet daughter and members of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Itasca, Ill.

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