Luke 23:43 – Today you will be with me in paradise

When Jesus was crucified two criminals were also crucified, together with Him …

… one on his right, the other on his left.   (Luke 23:33)

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”    (Luke 23:39)

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”   (Luke 23:40-41)

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”   (Luke 23:42)

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”   (Luke 23:43)

One of those crucified with Him admitted that he had received the death sentence justly, as a consequence of his way of life.
He admitted that Jesus was more than every other person.
He was convinced that he would continue to exist after death.
He trusted that Jesus was able to save him, as Jesus promised:

I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.   (John 11:25-26)

The criminal on the cross did not have long to live. He was also unable to do or mean anything more in this life.
Nevertheless, thanks to the love of God, he is now living eternally with Jesus, because of his trust in Jesus, which he announced.

In spite of the fact that someone is ‘dead’ before God, because he or she does not live in a relationship with Him, he or she can receive the ‘life’, simply by believing in Jesus Christ.
All who trust in Jesus live eternally, even though the body dies.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16)

See the study ’Conversion’ as well.

 

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Luke 23:43 - Today you wil lbe with me in paradise.