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  • Gestas & Dimas

    Gestas and Dismas, the other two who were crucified with Christ

    Two. One is named Dismas by tradtion and the other is remembered as Gestas. That two were crucified with Jesus and are mentioned in all the Gospels. They were not Jesus followers, but notorious evildoers.
  • In Christian tradition, Saint Dismas (sometimes spelled Dysmas or only Dimas, or even Dumas), also known as the Good Thief or the Penitent Thief, is the "good thief" described in the Gospel of Luke. This unnamed thief, crucified alongside Jesus, repents of his sins, and asks Jesus to remember him in his kingdom. The name Dismas for this thief may date back to the 4th century, and various traditions have assigned him other names. Two men were crucified at the same time as Jesus, one on his right hand, and one on his left (Matthew 27:38, Mark 15:27-28, Luke 23:33, John 19:18), which Mark interprets as fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 53:12.
  • Gestas, the other thief (also known as Gistas, Gesmas, "bad thief", or the "unpenitent thief"), rebuked Jesus by blaspheming and defying Him to liberate them of their sufferings on the cross. Dismas tried to get his partner in crime to become his partner in repentance. But his words had no effect. In the end, the “bad thief" only wanted his own physical salvation, to be liberated of his pain on the cross.
  • According to Mark and Matthew, both of the "thieves" at first mocked Jesus (Matthew 27:44); Luke however, mentions that Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are You not he

    Christ crucified between the thieves Dismas and Gestas

    Messiah? Save Yourself and us!". The other however, rebuking him, said in reply : Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemanation? We have been been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he

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    said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." 23:39-43. Both thieves suffered equally. But one of them knew how to make his sufferings meritorious, accepting them in the spirit of reparation, and the other did not. On the contrary, Gestas cried out, uttered curses and blasphemies, and expired in the most frightful despair.


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