Three men had been condemned. Three men were hanging on crosses facing agonizing deaths. This is a horrific way to die. The Romans really knew how inflict the maximum amount of pain and agony. It wasn’t pretty.
One of the criminals hanging alongside our Master cursed Jesus: “Some Messiah you are! Save yourself! Save us!”
But the other one made him shut up: “Have you no fear of God? You’re getting the same as him. We deserve this, but not him — he did nothing to deserve this.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom.”
“Today you will join me in paradise.” ~Jesus on the cross Luke 23:43
The criminal seemed to think this would be sometime in the future. Jesus was clear it would happen that day. Jesus remembered him. Jesus will remember us. Our names are written in the book of life. We are…
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