I tell you; today you will be with me in Paradise.
The example of the thief on the cross that hung next to Jesus is a one that should give us all hope. It is a testimony of hope and redemption and the love of God. The narration is unique and one when it comes to biblical accounts I tend to be wary of however, it was done with integrity to the word and to the Gospel. It begins with having breakfast in a matter of speaking with the devil and in the end being at the banquet with Christ. There were two men next to Christ and two different responses. The response is simple and the account of that response will encourage you no matter your past sins or your righteousness. It is both our sins and our righteousness that we are saved and need saving. It is both our sins and our righteousness that keep our hearts from God. We think we are either not good enough or that we are too good to need him.
We are brought into the history of Israel with a history of the thief. Even though the bible only mentions him in a few verses, Colin Smith with research weaves a typical tale of how any Jewish man may end up as a thief. Was it the injustice of the times that brought him there? We may never know until the other side of heaven and not that it is important because in reality we all need a savior. However, it brings us a connection to the thief that we may miss in reading the scriptures. The thief was able to measure the love of God by not what was happening to him, but by what was happening to Jesus. The crowds, the brutal agony, the earthquake and the darkness; where Jesus was taking on sin while he was without sin.
For each of us, a great reminder of the cross where love and justice meet.
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