One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” Luke 23:39
Jesus, The Son of God, was crucified between two common criminals. The King of Kings was treated like an animal, despised and rejected by the world because the world didn’t know him. Even though the one criminal was condemned to death, he still found enough energy to Blasphemy and curse the Lamb of God.
Doesn’t this represent the world we are living in today? The world is a sinking ship full of wars, terror, famine, disease, and death. Instead of everyone turning to their Savior they curse him. Christian persecution is on the rise throughout the world including America
But 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 has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Luke 23:40-42
But then you have the other common criminal, even though hes condemned he knows and he confesses that Jesus is The Messiah. And he takes the bold step of asking Jesus to remember him in Heaven. What was the difference? The Fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom and understanding.
This man knew his only hope to being saved from Hell was Jesus. And he didn’t know if Jesus would reject him or not, but he took a leap of faith and cried out to The Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43
Then Jesus does the unthinkable, he promises this common criminal he will be in Heaven with Jesus. How can this be? How can this criminal be worthy of eternal life? Because of the Grace of God thru Jesus Christ at the cross.
We are all either one of these criminals, we either accept or reject Jesus. But none of us our worthy of Heaven, however by the Amazing Grace of God thru the blood of Jesus Christ at the cross, we are all made worthy in Jesus Name Amen