The Former Thief, Now In Paradise!”

“Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

The former Criminal

Think about this man how he got saved, admitting that he deserved to die and perish for the sins he had committed and, not Jesus!

As multitudes were condemning Jesus, this criminal knew Christ was being condemned for the sins He never committed. The Bible says in 1st. Peter 2:22 that, “He, (Jesus) never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone.” It also says in Hebrews 7:26 that, “He, (Jesus) is the kind of high priest we need because He is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven.

Other than lamenting, this criminal simply made a statement that saved his soul from perishing, saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom.

His request was not only accepted, but Jesus also granted him a highway path into His Kingdom. Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, TODAY you will be with Me in Paradise.” What a moment!

Even on the cross, Jesus couldn’t let this one repentant soul perish. He didn’t say to the criminal, “This isn’t the right time or place to ask for that”, or wait until I come back, no, Jesus granted the criminal’s last wish in a fully packaged way. This is amazing! The character of a God who “does not rejoice in the destruction of a sinner”, but rather save, even the worst, God searches for a repentant heart.

This criminal’s story turns on the light in our dark areas to see the need for Christ every moment of our lives regardless of who we are and where we are. If Jesus could accept and save this criminal at such a place and moment, “a place of horror and death”, there’s no one anywhere He can’t save no matter what we’ve done. “Jesus saves – no matter the length of time you spend knowing Him.”

Yon know, many times we struggle with “what to pray for or even how to pray for what we need”, forgetting that it doesn’t matter how we style up our prayers. What is really important is that He hears our prayers regardless of the style, and He always answers more that we expect or deserve [Ephesians 3:20]. Do you notice that this criminal only asked to be “remembered”? Well, Jesus changed everything for him, and until now, Jesus continues to do good wonderful things for those that trust and believe in Him.

Jesus has all the time and all places in the world under His watch. We do not have to waste any opportunity there for us – let our requests be made known to Him wherever we are.

Would you ask Jesus to remember you or save you in any matter? Jesus settles all our requests!


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