Today you will be with Me in Paradise

“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

TD

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Michael Garrison

One more point: the person Christ forgave was “to the right of Christ.” The one on the Left WILL be persecuted. Same with the Apostles. Christ told them to throw their nets “to the right” of the boat, AND NOT THE LEFT.
STAY AWAY FROM THE LEFT.

andre
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andre

There is no competition with the cross. There is no competition with our Jesus. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I thank Him that I am given the grace to worship Him.

Kay
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Kay

what an absolutely beautiful response….Our Lord couldn’t be more proud. Thank you Andre!

Dr. Eowyn
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❤️

Alma
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Alma

All of Jesus promises become reality.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

What an exquisite promise The Lord made to this thief. I just hope that each of us will also qualify for such a splendid promise.

Kay
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Kay

Auntie Lulu – your comment ensures that we all will qualify – thank you very much for your response.

Steven Broiles
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The name of the good thief was Dismas, and I cannot recall the name of the other thief. Dismas was proclaimed a saint of the Roman Catholic Curch, by Our Lord Himself, and, early on, by the early Fathers, if I remember correctly. My own Bible does not indicate that Dismas mocked or ridiculed Our Lord. As I remember, the thief to the left said, “You call yourself a king! If you are a king, you’d get off that cross and save us all!” To which Dismas replied, “Have you no fear of God, even in death? We knew we… Read more »

Kay
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Kay

thank you very much Steven. Your comment forced me to go and pick my Bible up. You couldn’t do a bigger favour for someone. Thank you so much.

apstemp
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apstemp

Dismas was the good thief, Gesmas was the bad one. A compilation of tradition and private revelation suggest that Dismas was with a gang of bandits who waylaid the Holy Family on their flight to Egypt. They were ready to rob the Holy Family, when Dismas had pity upon the poor family. Rather, he protected them, and took it upon himself to escort them through the worst part of their journey, before returning to his life of crime. It was when he was hanging on the cross, in his last moments, that he recognized Mary at the foot, and realized… Read more »