Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
I. There may be the same outward circumstances where there is the greatest inward diversity.
II. We have no choice as to the fact of suffering: our choice refers only to its nature. Each has his own cross: Christ was not without one. The wicked have their woes.
1. The sufferings of the good are consoled.
2. The sufferings of the good are limited — "For a season."
III. The means used for Christ's disgrace promote His glory. Satan was wounded by his own weapon: and the robber designed to insult our Lord was saved. Thus temptation is turned to good ends.
(T. R. Stevenson.)
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