Luke 23:39-43. Only Luke's gospel includes the dialogue between the Thief and Jesus. The incident is short and often downplayed as a romanticized deathbed confession. The illustration attempts to return to its dramatic significance. [if this is the God of the universe in human form who made the very land that supports the cross I will die upon, have I nothing to lose by confessing my faith? But if this is indeed God, HE would surely know if I was sincere] Both thieves knew the Sabbath began tomorrow and that the guards would take measures to insure death by this afternoon. One thief believed he had more to lose than did the other. Both within earshot of God, one confession of faith.