Luke 23:43

Jesus said, “Don’t worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise.”

Here we get of glimpse of Jesus’ real mission. He was not just a teacher—not just a prophet. He was our Savior.

His ministry never ceases—-even during execution.

After hearing one of the men being crucified next to him seek God’s Kingdom, Christ offered it to him for his simple act of faith.

Luke writes,

Printed over him was a sign: this is the king of the jews.

One of the criminals hanging alongside cursed him: “Some Messiah you are! Save yourself! Save us!”

But the other one made him shut up: “Have you no fear of God? You’re getting the same as him. We deserve this, but not him—he did nothing to deserve this.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom.”

He said, “Don’t worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise.”

Jesus knew what was about the become possible—-Eternal Life. Worry was no longer a problem. Fear was about to cease.

Salvation was at hand.

And he offered it unconditionally to a criminal who at the last moment accepted God’s love in his life.

But it’s still a choice.

One criminal clung to his “self”.
One criminal revived his “self” and gave it over to Christ.

One criminal experienced Paradise.


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