THE PENITENT THIEF.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.
" AND HE SAID UNTO JESUS, LORD, REMEMBER ME -U'HEN THOU COMEST INTO THY KINGDOM. AND JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, VERILY I SAY UNTO THEE, TO-DAY SHALT THOU BE WITH ME IN PARADISE." Lukk 23 : 42. 43. Who can read these words, or consider the conversion and pardon of the dyin^ thief, without exclaiming in the words of St. Paul, " Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound !" Here is a wonderful instance of divine, free, and sovereign grace abounding towards the chief of sinners : it is recorded for the encouragement of great sinners in every age, that they may take refuge in Christ " who are ready to per-ish ;" and it affords a pleasing proof that " He is able to save to the uttermost, all who come to God by him." Our blessed Lord was crucified with two thieves, and placed between them, that he might be thought the worst of the three. But thus the Scripture was fulfilled : " He was numbered with the transgressors," or criminals. The chief priests, the scribes, the rulers, and the mob, all joined in mocking and deriding him ; not content with beholding his extreme sufferings, they had the cruelty to add insult to his pains. " Come down from the cross," said they, " and we will believe. Thou that didst save others, save thyself;" and