Jesus was crucified between two criminals. One of those criminals ridiculed and mocked Jesus. “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” He refused to see the possibility that this man hanging limp on the cross between him and his accomplice could possibly be the savior of the world. He refused to see that this man who had become the scapegoat for the religious leaders and the government officials could possibly be the one who will usher in God’s reign on earth.
Of course, we can’t be too hard on this criminal. Would we have noticed? Would we have picked up on the fact that this crucified man was the hope of the world? If we had witnessed this act, would we have claimed to see God’s very best?
I don’t think so. Why? Because this is outside of the way we have come to think about God. This would require us to move our God-defined boundaries. If we were going to see God in this, then we would have to re-define what we think about God, the world, and us.