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“One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, ‘So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!’ But the other criminal protested, ‘Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.’ And Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.’” ~Luke 23:39-43 NLT.
I always have mixed emotions when I read this passage. It makes me think of how much our world has not changed since that day.
This man was given the chance and didn’t take it; there is no turning back from that when your time is up. The other man respectfully requested a place with Jesus. He didn’t demand, understanding that he had no right to ask because he knew his guilt but asked anyway. Jesus sweetly replied that a place will be saved for him, that very day.
The same is true for us now. Some will not take up the offer and think they have all the time in the world. Others, know their place asking in faith for permission to be loved by Him.