To the Right and to the Left, He Identified with Us…

“Then they crucified him with two insurrectionists, one at his right and one at his left.”

(Matthew 27:38)

“And with him they crucified two insurrectionists, one to the right an done to the left of him.”

(Mark 15:27)

Once again we find mentioned the two men who were crucified alongside of Jesus, one to the right and one to the left, a fulfillment of Isaiah 53:7. When we discussed Luke 23:32-33 and John 19:18, we mentioned that the term, λῃστής (lestes) is best understood as ones who were revolutionaries and who were guilty of leading an insurrection. Further, everything about the historical and literary context of the event echoes this nature. Rome was putting Jesus to death because they saw him as a threat to the stability of their empire in Judah. These men were guilty of the same.

And so, one to the left and one to the right…a reminder of Jesus’ identification with us (except without sin)…he gives us grace and took our burden upon himself. As Paul the Apostle writes in 2 Corinthians 5:21:

“He who did not know sin, for us was made sin in order that we might become the righteousness of God in him.”

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