Scripture text: Luke 23:40-43 Preacher: Rev David Sutherland Date: 11 May 2014
This is the second of a series of three sermons preached on the occasion of our May 2014 Communion season.
In his Gospel account of the Crucifixion Luke records five people, or groups of people, who encountered Jesus at that time. The first sermon preached on 4 May 2014 focused on two of them— a Farmer (Simon of Cyrene) and a Mourner (the Daughters of Jerusalem).
This second sermon turns now to the third person who met Jesus at the time of His Crucifixion—a Robber who, together with his accomplice-in-crime, was executed at the same time as Jesus, and whose life of profligacy was absolved in a brief moment of faith as he approached death. And the fourth, a Soldier (the Centurion), just carrying out a routine duty and finding himself unexpectedly witnessing the power of God.