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Why was Jesus crucified with thieves?

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Luke 23:32-33

            Only pages before this incident, we read of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration with two other people at his left and right—Moses and Elijah.  Jesus, positioned in the center, was the leader of the ones on each side.  He ranked higher than them.

            Now, Jesus was on a hill with two thieves on both sides.  He would take on all the sins of the world, making him the king of thieves, prostitutes and murderers.  All sinners!  However, his death would forgive all those sins, transforming all who believed into righteous followers of God.