Luke 23:43 – And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Jesus offered that to a person who was crucified with Him by his side
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Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with Jesus. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified Jesus, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.
One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”
And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
On that day and moment Jesus was crucified on the cross, the two different responses from these two offenders projected two opposite attitude towards Jesus.
One demanded salvation and deliverance from his condemnation as if Jesus owed it to him!
The other asked for salvation knowing he deserve condemnation on the cross.
We don’t know if this person heard Jesus’ sermon previously but he know to ask for help from the right person!
Jesus did taught His disciples to ask –
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened
What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Jesus is teaching us to look to God our heavenly Father who loves us and wanted to take care of us for good.
God will judge when we do wrong, for the sake of justice and righteousness. But God care for us that He will provide solution for us.
Jesus is God’s salvation plan for Man
We don’t deserve it but we can ask for it
Ask and we shall receive
And if we have received it, everywhere we go we bring with us this hope of salvation in Jesus Christ.