'..."Lord, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom."...Jesus said... "Today you will be with Me in Paradise."' Luke 23:42-43 NKJ
‘Good Friday’ always seems a strange way to refer to Jesus’ death. The ‘Good’ part is what Jesus dying on a cross achieves: that, through faith in Jesus anybody—absolutely anybody—can stand before Father God and be declared righteous. All because Jesus gave His life for you.
So, to take a closer look at that today, we’re looking at the criminal on the next cross over. What better demonstration of God’s grace to us as undeserving humanity than seeing a guy who actually deserved his punishment being told he’ll be in Heaven with Jesus later that day? No action required. Not even a weeping confession. Just this: recognition of who Jesus was, and one request: ‘...remember me?’
Here’s why this is important to you: are you like that guy on the cross, all hope gone, and somehow deserving what you got? Turn your head to the side and look at Jesus taking everything you deserve. He’s offering you paradise.
Or do you know someone that’s ‘too far gone’ to ever be saved? The criminal was, literally, at the end of his life. He was a thief who’d made some ‘not exactly wise’ decisions and, if he had any friends or rellys who cared about what happened to him, you’d have understood if they’d given up hope... and yet... ‘...remember me?’
It’s not too late. For you, or someone you’re praying for. Keep praying. In fact, pray today as you read through the Gospel story of Jesus’ crucifixion (John 17–19), remembering what He has done to make it possible for you to be part of God’s family.
SoulFood Good Friday: Gen 22:1-18, Mt 27:33-56, Ps 22, Is 53
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd