“And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” – Luke 23:43
Who was the thief on the cross?
We don’t know much about him, except that he was being executed for a capitol crime, that he also hurled insults at Jesus, and that he came to his senses, and asked the Lord to remember him when He comes into his kingdom.
He was clearly not a person we would think of as deserving respect. And yet, that one final request to Jesus brought him through the worst imaginable thing.
So how loving and forgiving is Jesus?
He was so loving that even at the most horrible moment, He could extend grace and forgiveness to someone who had mocked within the previous hour.
In fact, the only reason Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified was so one such as this could be forgiven.
So let’s do the math. Within 6 hours of this statement, both Jesus and the former thief were no longer on a cross, no longer in pain, but were walking in paradise, never to suffer again.
RIP my friend