Outlaw Sam Bass died at 27 years at the hand of Texas Rangers. He’s lived in Texas myth as a fair-thee-well desperado who tipped conductors and porters on trains after relieving passengers of whatever wealth they had. He and a friend bought a herd of steers on credit, drove it into Kansas and sold it for cash. Then, forgetting their creditor, wasted it on whiskey, gambling, women and horse racing. He and five cohorts robbed a Union Pacific train of $60,000 and split the take. He went back to Denton and shared his bounty with others in drinks and girls.
Why not, when it was other people’s money? Any victim of Sam Bass had nothing good to say. Those who sang ballads in his honor had never felt the cold muzzle of his pistol on their cheekbones. The Rangers, who hadn’t been his friends, boosters or rooters, hunted him down ten months after he became a fugitive and shot him dead. Tales of Old Time Texas, 78
In our society, where defense lawyers, supported by taxes, defend criminals, they dredge up every misfortune possible to excuse the accused’s depredations. Those victimized can’t take such a generous approach. They have paid for the evil and seek no words to excuse their criminality.
Satan, of course, hated Jesus terminally. Jesus had cast him from Heaven in time before time. Then, in history blisteringly defeated him in every encounter. Likewise, those in Christ’s day who refused to leave their darkness, knowing that his light would first expose them before giving them sight, didn’t come to him. But all who wanted their spiritual darkness banished by God’s truth came to Jesus, suffering the blinding light that eventually gave them spiritual sight John 3:18-21, 9:39-41.
If a man’s kept-company determines his value, Sam Bass got what was coming to him and Jesus gets exactly what he came into the world to do: Seek and save the lost who wanted his forgiveness.
Hard traditionalists and power-brokers of politics and position lost every argument they started with Jesus, remaining silent when he tried to start a debate with them. Today’s skeptics have learned nothing from their humiliation when contesting Jesus. While they’re uneducable, Jesus still teaches those who want to lose what blinds them to God and gain what blinds them to the Deceiver.