TODAY THOU SHALT BE WITH ME IN PARADISE

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”  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.”  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:39-43).

One second after you shut your eyes to life on this earth, you will either be enjoying a personal welcome from Jesus Christ or catching your first glimpse of hell. Either way, your future will be irrevocably fixed and eternally unchangeable.”

Luke recorded a short yet powerful story that pictures two men about to die. When Jesus was being crucified, two thieves hung alongside Him. According to Mark, both men hurled insults at Jesus (15:32).

One of the thieves, however, had a change of heart as he realized Jesus’ innocence, his own sin, and his destiny. He rebuked the other thief and asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom. These words were a sign of repentance and simple faith. Jesus responded, “I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). Salvation for the man was immediate. He knew that day where he would spend eternity.

Realizing that we are sinners, turning from that sin, and placing our trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection assures us that we can immediately know where we will spend our eternal tomorrows when our life on this earth is over. If you have never made that decision today could be your day of salvation. Like the thief call out to Jesus before it is eternally too late.

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