One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us! Bit the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God” he said, since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man had done nothing wrong. Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
These words demonstrate the infinite power of remorse. Even in the face of death, Christ still grants forgiveness and saves us, and even when our lives depend on it, we can reject Him. The sinner on this cross has deep remorse for a life of sin. He now realize that he is unsaved and that the only one who can save him is hanging next to him. There were so many opportunities in his life that he didn’t make use of, but not again. Sin drives us away from God while confession of sin brings us closer to God’s heart, a heart that doesn’t want the sinner’s death, but wants them to repent and live. This sinner who hung next to Jesus reveals a childlike faith. He trusts like a child and holds our his weak hand so that the Father’s Almighty hand can take hold of it and pull him out of the mud and slime of sin, and place him on the steady Rock. His is a childlike surrender: trusting like a child, believing like a child and praying like a child. Jesus himself, “Unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:3)
Because this sinner is remorseful, Jesus accepts him. He becomes part of a wonderful partnership where he will experience the most indescribable love imaginable; the forgiving love of the middle cross. Jesus our Redeemer and Savior. Paradise!
Prayer: Jesus, we come to you with a humble heart asking for your forgiveness for the many sins we have committed, please help us to change from the inside out, and to become more like you. Amen
Grace and Peace to You My Friends