39One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him: “Aren't you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40The other one, however, rebuked him, saying, “Don't you fear God? You received the same sentence he did. 41Ours, however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong.” 42And he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!”
43Jesus said to him, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.”
Reflection: It seems a bit odd that while hanging on the cross, with nails hammered through their hands and feet, two criminals have a chat about whether or not Jesus was the real deal. But their conversation is quite illuminating. One wants Jesus to prove that he is the Messiah by getting them all down from their crosses, while the other acknowledges that he has done wrong and that Jesus is blameless. In rightfully recognising what he has done and who Jesus is, this second criminal finds forgiveness, salvation and eternal
Question: What will it mean for you to own up to your own wrongdoing and seek forgiveness in Jesus?
Prayer: Loving God, thank you that Jesus was compassionate even as he was dying on the cross. Please help me know the depths of his forgiveness and love. Amen.
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