Let's look at the word used in Mathew 27.38 to describe the two others crucified with Jesus. The word is lestai, which most Bibles translate as "thieves." Well, yeah, but in the works of other authors (Josephus and Dio Cassius, among others) writing in Greek at the time about the events in 1st century AD Judea, lestes (the singular form of the word) is a political code word for terrorist or revolutionary, the ancient equivalent of the PLO, Hamas, The Irgun or The Stern Gang, take your pick.
IOW, the crucifixion of Jesus and the others was a political act by the Romans, not so much on religious grounds.
bob>The punishment for being a thief was not death in the bible, so I do consider your comments, and one of them says to the other "we deserve to die He doesn't" or something like that. The death penalty was for murder, so as a terrorists one could murder and thus be put to death. Do you have an original word study on this?