July 5

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 22:1-34; Isaiah 15:1-16:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

They crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. John 19:18, NKJV

For the two thieves, the moment of parting had come. Never again, either in this world, or in that to come, would they be together. Separating them is the final Divider of us all. This division was much more than physical, for one had repented and was forgiven, whereas the other persisted in his impenitence and unbelief (see Luke 23:39-43). All the evidence points to one being “saved” and one being “lost.” On which side of the Saviour will I be in eternity? —George Hall

Because the sinless Saviour died, My sinful soul is counted free,
For God, the Just, is satisfied, To look on Him and pardon me.
—Charitie L. Bancroft