Jesus, remember me

“Jesus, Remember Me. . .”

Very early this beautiful Friday morning as I said my morning prayers, I saw in my mind’s eye the three crosses on Golgotha, our Dear Lord, Jesus, hanging on the cross in the middle, and the two criminals on each side of Him.  I could not get this out of my mind.

In Luke 23:39-43, the evangelist tells us:

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus saying, “Are you not the Messiah?  Save yourself and us.”  The other, however rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation?  And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.”  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise”.

This criminal has been referred to as “The Good Thief,” and is known as St. Dismas, whose Feast Day is celebrated on March 25th.

How inconceivable God’s Divine Mercy and love is to say this to the criminal who defended Him while He was suffering horribly on the cross!  We can always come to Jesus!  And, I have learned from this passage never to be afraid to defend and acknowledge Jesus, to defend what He said to us and to defend what He taught us, to defend our Faith!  We may be betrayed for His sake by family, by people we thought were friends, but there is nothing greater than to know He is with us and He will remember us.

“JESUS, REMEMBER ME. . .”

~Joan

8 responses to “Jesus, remember me

  1. Some know and some don’t, so for those who have such a need then pretend for a minute that your an angel in heaven and you see everything and everyone including God and his son Jesus. You know there is death on earth and life after death. Only then will you realize why God is patient with all things. Remember Jesus talked of heaven because he knows where he is from. One of the two robbers crucified next to him talked good of him. Jesus said to him, today you will be with me in paradise. Many cannot understand the next life but you will when you get there. 

  2. Thank you Joan! I needed this reminder today!

    LORD, Thank YOU for loving me so much that you sent YOUR only Son to die for an undeserving sinner like me! Please help me to forgive just as YOU have forgiven me.

  3. I think of that unnamed thief from time to time…and marvel that he was the first Believer to enter the gates of Heaven — courtesy of its Gatekeeper! If you want to hear Jesus’s words about Paradise set to anointed music, listen to J.S. Bach’s Actus Tragicus/Cantata #106. (“Heute, heute, wirst du mit Mir.”) Long before I became a Christian I kept hearing a snippet of this cantata on a little radio in a NY suburba — via a Montreal radio station. I got the name of the piece of music used to introduce the station’s program…and I’ve been listening to this cantata ever since — singing along in German! PRAISE GOD!

  4. The thief that said remember me already had heaven in him to even say what he said. The other thief who was harsh, and negitive had a dead soul in his body long before his physical body died. Hell was already in him , eternal death.

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