The Promise

“But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you are dying?  We deserve to die for our evil deeds, 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 23:40-43

I find it interesting that Jesus only told one person they would be with him in heaven.  He didn’t tell this to Peter, James, Matthew, Luke, Mark, John, or the other six disciples.  These were men that followed him for years, but he never promised them heaven. 

He told this to the man hanging on the cross next to him.

So, what’s the difference between them, the disciples who followed his every footstep for a couple of years, and this criminal on the cross next to him? 

The guy dying on the cross saw something in Jesus that took the disciples a lot longer to realize.  He saw Jesus for who he was, the Mosiah.  The Savior. 

While everyone else was asking themselves how Jesus, the Son of God, could die, this man simply asked to be remembered.  He knew that Jesus would live on.

It’s a powerful thought that caused me to stop when i read it… 

Just a thought

God Bless and PEACE

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