by K. P. Walker

Copyright 2019 by K. P. Walker

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Cover by K. P. Walker

Cover Image: Christ Crucified, 1632 by Diego Velázquez, Museo del Prado, Madrid (Public domain)

[This work is in the public domain in its country of origin because the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years.]

Note: Painting is inaccurate. Jesus had short hair and his full beard had been ripped out.

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Jesus was crucified as a criminal along with two others, one to his right and the other to his left. Jewish leaders scoffed at the bloodied Jesus saying, “Let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, the ‘Chosen One’ that we may witness it and believe.” People that passed by derided him saying, “If you are the Son of God come down from the cross.” Roman soldiers mocked him saying, “Let the Christ, the king of Israel get down from the cross.” Even one of the condemned criminals shouted to him from his own cross saying, “If you are the Christ save yourself and us.” The other malefactor rejected this arrogant entreaty saying; “Don’t you fear God? We are justly condemned to death for our crimes but this man is innocent and does not deserve this punishment.” He then addressed the man he obviously believed to be the King of the Jews saying, “Remember me when you arrive in your kingdom.” Jesus answered him saying, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in Paradise.” (This is a compilation of the dialogue in three of the Gospels.)

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