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Two Thieves In English & Arabic
By Angela D Watkins
Friday, April 18, 2003

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Eddy G Hossein shared Two Thieves Christian Devotion with Angela September 21, 2002. Brother Eddy did share this devotion with many in English & Arabic.

Two Thieves اللصان UnKnown Eddy G Hossein ( ) Shared "Two Thieves" Christian Devotion with Angela in English and Arabic September 21, 2002. Crucifixion was torture. Leather straps or spikes were used to hang a condemned man on a pole. Like a helpless animal tangled in a barbed wire fence, the victim could survive for days with excruciating pain. Death usually came by suffocation when, hanging by his hands, the victim lost the strength to draw another breath. Three men on three trees In the Spring of 33 AD, the crucifixion of three men, outside the city walls of Jerusalem, changed the course of world history. Roman executioners hammered nails through the wrists and ankles of three men and left them to die. The event itself was common in the ancient Mid East. And yet, 2,000 years later, the world still talks about those three deaths. I found an explanation of the significance of those deaths written on the flyleaf of my grandfather's Bible. In words I have found memorable, my grandfather M. R. De Haan wrote, One man died with guilt in him and on him. A second man died with guilt in him but not on him. The third died with guilt on him but not in him. Since finding that quote, I've held on to it as a profoundly simple description of some differences we all need to understand. 1 One died with sin in him and on him He was the first of two thieves executed that day. By the law of the land he was given the punishment he deserved. By a judge wearing the authority of the Roman Caesar, he was sentenced and condemned, like a house that is no longer fit to live in. The first thief seems to have died an angry man. He was probably angry with himself for getting caught. He was probably angry with the judge who sentenced him. He was probably angry with all those who had let him down along the way. He seems to have been especially angry with the man named Jesus who hung innocently at his side. The first thief wasn't alone in his contempt for Jesus. Others shared his feelings. It was easy to be furious with someone who claimed to be the light and hope of the world then hung like a common criminal, not even saving Himself from death. Angry with Jesus for being unable to help Himself or anyone else (Lk. 23:39), the first thief died with his own sin in him and on him. 2 One died with sin in him but not on him There was a second thief executed that day. At first he joined the others who ridiculed and insulted Jesus. For a while he too mocked Jesus with the challenge to save Himself and them if He really was the promised Messiah (Mt. 27:37-44). As the darkness closed in, however, the second thief had a change of heart. Turning to the first thief, he said, =93Don=92t you fear God since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong. Then he said, Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom. Jesus answered him, tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise (Lk. 23:39-43). That may be one of the 10 most important conversations ever recorded. These few words show what the rest of the New Testament declares. Forgiveness of sins and eternal life is given to anyone who believes in Jesus. Nothing more. Nothing less. Faith alone in Christ alone determines our eternal destiny (John 3:16-18; Acts 16:31; Rom. 4:5; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). The second thief had no time to clean up his life. He had no time to do anything but to believe in Jesus. In the process, he gave all of us a picture of what it takes to come into the eternal family of God. In response to the simplest expression of faith, Jesus assured him of forgiveness. The second thief died with sin in him but not on him. The Judge of the heavens lifted the guilt from the second thief's shoulders, placing it instead on Jesus, our sin-bearer. 3 One died with sin on him but not in him Jesus shouldered the guilt of the world that day. He died with the weight of the worlds sin on Him but not the slightest wrong in Him. Three days later He rose from the dead to show that His death, tragic as it was, was not a mistake. With a nail-scarred, resurrected body Jesus gave hundreds of His disciples all the evidence they needed to believe that He had taken their place in death. The judgment of God had fallen on Him instead of on us. What I also find amazing is that this is our story. We were there. We were there because God was there in our place, bearing our sins. We were also there because all of us will respond either as the first thief or as the second. The words dont make the difference; the faith does. If you dont have that faith, but want it, ask God to give it to you. You wont be the first to cry out, Lord, I believe; help my unbelief (Mk. 9:24). Father in heaven, thank You for helping us to see that this is Your story. In the suffering of Your Son, we see Your suffering and Your love for us. In His death, we see Your payment for our wrongs, and Your offer of forgiveness. In His resurrection, we see Your assurance that You are completely pleased with the price He paid for us. And Father, thank You also for helping us to see that this is our story. In the first thief we see our first inclination to hate You, to reject Your love, and to let our anger keep us from You and others. Thank You for softening our hearts so that we can also see ourselves in the second thief, who came to his senses before it was too late. اللصان الصلب كان عمل التعذيب. قيود من الجلد أو الشريط الشائك كانت تستعمل لصلب الشخص المحكوم عليه بالموت على الصليب. كالحيوان المعلق على الشريط الشائك, قد تحيا الضحية لعدة أيام بألام مبرحة. وعادة ما يموت بالأختناق وهو معلق بيديه حين يفقد المصلوب كل قوة ليستنشق أخر نفس ثلاثة رجال على ثلاثة صلبان في ربيع سنة 33 ميلادية, كان صلب ثلاثة رجال خارج أسوار مدينة أورشليم, هي الحادثة التي غيرت تاريخ العالم. الجلادين الرومان دقوا المسامير في يدي ورجلي ثلاثة رجال وتركوهم ليموتوا. كانت هذه الحادثة نفسها شائعة في العلم الشرق أوسطي القديم. ومع هذا وبعد الفي سنة ما زال العالم يتحدث عن موت هؤلاء الرجال الثلاثة لقد وجدت التفسير الرائع لموت هؤلاء مكتوب على غلاف الأنجيل المقدس الذي يخص جدي, وفي كلمات وجدت ذكرى قال فيها جدي, أحد هؤلاء الرجال مات بذنب عليه وفيه. والثاني مات بذنب فيه ولكن ليس عليه. والثالث مات بذنب عليه ولكن ليس فيه. منذ أن وجدت هذا الرمز تمسكت به كتفسير بسيط وكامل لفروقات نحن جميعا بحاجة لفهمها الأول مات بذنب عليه وفيه كان أول اللصان اللذان أعدما ذلك اليوم. بقوانين تلك الأرض نال العقاب الذي يستحقه. بواسطة القاضي الذي كان له سلطان القيصر الروماني حكم عليه وأدين وكالبيت الذي لم يعد يصلح للسكن فيه. يبدو أن اللص الذي صلب أولا كان غاضبا جدا. ومن الأرجح أنه كان على نفسه لأنه قبض عليه بالجرم المشهود. وكان غاضبا بالأرجح على أولائك الذين كانوا قد خيبوا أمله بالدفاع عنه. وكان غاضبا بالأرجح على المدعو يسوع الذي صلب ببراءة الى جنبه اللص الأول لم يكن وحيدا في أحتقاره ليسوع. كثيرون شاركوه شعوره بالأزدراء. كان من السهل بأن يغضب من شخص يدعي بأنه نور العالم وثم يصلب كالمجرم العادي ولا ينقذ حتى نفسه من الموت. وغاضبا على يسوع لأنه لم ينقذ نفسه ولا أحد غيره, مات اللص الأول بذنب عليه وفيه الثاني مات بذنب فيه وليس عليه كان هناك لص ثاني أعدم في ذلك الليوم. في البدء شارك الآخرين الذين أهانوا وأستهزؤا بيسوع. لوهلت هو أيضا سخر من يسوع ولكن بتحد ليخلص نفسه والآخرين أذا كان هذا هو حقا المسيح المنتظر, وبينما أزدادت الظلمة, كان قلب الص الثاني يمر بتغيير جذري, حين التفت باللص الأول وقال: ألا تخاف الله أذ انت تحت هذا الحكم بعينه. أما نحن فبعدل لأننا ننال أستحقاق ما فعلنا.وأما هذا فلم يفعل شيئا ليس في محله.ثم قال ليسوع أذكرني يا رب متى أتيت في ملكوتك.فقال له يسوع :الحق أقول لك أنك اليوم تكون معي في الفردوس قد تكون هذه من أهم عشر محادثات سجلت. هذه الكلمات القليلة تظهر ما يعلنه العهد الجديد غفران الخطايا والحياة الأبدية تعطى مجانا لكل من يؤمن بيسوع المسيح ربا ومخلصا. لا أكثر ولا أقل. الأيمان وحده بيسوع المسيح يقرر مصيرنا الأبدي , يوحنا 16:3,أعمال 31:16,رومية 5:4,أفسس8:2-9 اللص الثاني لم يكن عنده الوقت لتنظيف حياته. لم يكن لديه الوقت ليفعل أي شيء ألا الأيمان بيسوع. وفي هذا أعطانا جميعا الصورة بكيفية الدخول الى عائلة الله الأبدية. وفي الرد على أبسط تعبير من الأيمان أعطاه يسوع التأكيد بالغفران. اللص الثاني مات بخطية فيه ولكن ليس عليه. قاضي السماء رفع الذنب عن اللص الثاني ووضعه على يسوع حامل خطايانا واحد مات بخطية عليه ولكن ليس فيه خطية يسوع خمل على كتفه خطايا العالم في ذلك اليوم. لقد مات بحمل خطايا العالم عليه ولم يوجد فيه أية خطيئة. وبعد ثلاثة أيام قام الرب من الموت ليرينا بأن موته المأساوي لم يكن خطئا . بل بعلامات المسامير قام الرب بجسده المبارك ليعطي المئات من تلاميذه كل البراهين التي يحتاجونها ليؤمنوا بأنه أخذ مكانهم بالموت. لأن دينونة الله العادلة قد سقطت على يسوع بديلا عنا الأمر العجيب الذي وجدته أنا أيضا أن هذه هي قصتنا جميعا. لقد كنا هناك. كنا هناك لأن الله كان هناك آخذا مكاننا, حاملا خطايانا. أيضا كنا هناك لأننا جميعا سنرد أما كاللص الأول أو كالثاني الكلمات لا تعمل الفرق بل الأيمان. أذا لم يكن عندك هذا الأيمان, ولكنك تريده, أسال الرب ليعطيك أياه. لن تكون الأول الذي يصرخ, يا رب أنا أؤمن ساعد عدم أيماني أبانا السماوي, نشكرك لمساعدتنا انعرف أن هذه هي قصتك. في آلام أبنك, نرى آلامك ومحبتك لنا. في موته, نرى تسديدك ثمن خطايانا, ووهبك أيانا الغفران. في قيامته, نرى تأكيدك بانك سررت تماما بالثمن الذي دفعه يسوع لأجلنا. ويا أبانا, نشكرك أيضا لمساعدتنا لنرى بأن هذه هي قصتنا. في اللص الأول نرى تصرفنا ألأول ببغضك,برفض محبتك, وبسماحنا لغضبنا بأن يبقينا بعيدين عنك وعن الآخرين. نشكرك لأنك طريت قلوبنا لكي نرى نفوسنا أيضا في اللص الثاني, الذي أتى الى رشده قبل فوات الأوان               




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Reviewed by John Domino 9/9/2008
Dear Angela,

How refreshing! Your heartfelt story as told from the memories of your grandfather. I can feel his wistom. I can feel Gods mercy and grace throughout this story.

You have a special GIFT from GOD! Don't let anyone judge you for a few type-o's. The Father in heaven KNOWS your HEART and that is the most important. You touched my heart through Christ and I know you will reach and touch others. Please visit my website for poems about Christ.

God Bless you!

John Michael Domino

Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/10/2008
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by hafsah mujally 8/7/2007
but I hope that you would be more careful in typing Arabic .
send me may be I can help
Where are you from ..... just to know you ?
Reviewed by Tim Johnson 4/21/2003
Wonderful Angela...many in the world need to know what Jesus did for them. Your grandfather was full of wisdom...and so are you. God Bless. -Tim
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/19/2003
what a lovely story! i enjoyed reading it very much...of course, i only know a few arabic words...but not how to read it...i'm glad you provided the translation! (((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/19/2003
this is very enjoyable; and the arabic writing is very beautiful! very unique slant to a good story! love, your friend, karen lynn. (((HUGS))) :) p.s.: no, i can't even read (let alone, WRITE) arabic! LOL

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