*When I first moved to West Virginia in 1985 I noticed 3 crosses along the highways. The cross of Jesus was painted gold and the other two crosses were painted blue. I learned that this was the work of Mr. Bernard Coffindaffer.
I wrote him to ask why the two blue crosses when I always believed that Biblically and symbolically the robber on the right went to be with Jesus in Paradise and the robber on the left didn’t (Mt. 25:31-46); although he had an opportunity to do so as both robbers were casting insults at Jesus before it got dark at noonday.
Mr. Coffindaffer wrote me to say he didn’t want to be judgmental. Personally, I disagreed with him. However, in 2015 I started to wonder about what Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Were both robbers forgiven along with the entire crowd? I don’t know, but it would be OK with me for when I think of the people I love and my own sins we all need God’s love, grace and mercy.
Romans 10:1 quotes the Apostle Paul as saying, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.” This too; for my family, friends and all people is the desire of my heart.