The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is one of the most documented events in history, in both religious and secular books. We now live in the year AD 2007, the Year of Our Lord 2007. Two criminals were crucified, one on each side of Jesus. The Bible says that we are all like criminals, in the sight of God. The Bible clearly records the reactions of the two criminals to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who was crucified between them.
“There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, ‘If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.’
But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying,’ Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due rewards of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise’,” (Luke 23:32, 33, 39-43.)
Today one of the thieves is in Hell, and will always be there. He had an inappropriate reaction to Jesus Christ. The other thief is now in Heaven, and will be there forever. He looked at Jesus Christ, recognised that He was God, and the he, the thief, was sinful. The reaction of the second thief was quite different from that of the first. As a result, he went to Heaven, whilst the first thief did not, and is now in Hell.
In this book we have presented the clear Biblical guidelines to become a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, beginning with a genuine spiritual birth. It is the sincere desire of the authors of this book the reaction of you, the reader, will be like that of the second thief.
This is why this book was written.