I know that Jesus was crucified between two thieves, that one gospel account gives that one criminal mocked Christ while the other asked for remembrance (Luke), and that other gospel accounts tell us that they were thieves and both derided Christ (Mark & Matthew; John simply mentions the other two with nothing about who or what they were or said).
But what's the significance of using three crosses as a symbol? If it's meaningful to you, what makes it meaningful? This is of no eternal significance, the meaning has just been lost on me, and I'd like to share in it.
I've thought of a couple of things:
- It could be a reminder that Christ died for sinners.
- It could be a reminder that Christ died for both those who "accept" him and those who don't.