What Jesus Did! 'Among the Criminals' — Mark 15:27-28

Thursday, December 8, 2016

They also put two robbers on crosses beside Jesus. They put one robber beside Jesus on the right, and they put the other robber beside Jesus on the left.
— Mark 15:27-28 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:27-28 NLT — They also put two robbers on crosses beside Jesus. They put one robber beside Jesus on the right, and they put the other robber beside Jesus on the left.

Key Thought

Jesus came to earth and lived as one of us. He made his home among real people—he wasn't tucked away in some neat and tidy place protected from the dirt, sin, and filth of our world. So it is not surprising that when he was killed on the Cross that he was crucified between two criminals. He placed God's love in a place where any of us, no matter how great or how small, no matter how spiritual or how vile, could find him.

Today's Prayer

Dear God, I am truly saddened that Jesus had to die among the worst of us in the most horrible of conditions. At the same time, dear Father, I am truly thankful that your love is shown so clearly and offered in a place so dreadful that none of us could ever legitimately think we could not find its grace. In Jesus' name I praise and thank you. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • John 1:10-18
  • Colossians 1:13

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.