Today’s scripture selection: Luke 23-24
Key Verses: Luke 23:43
One of the most poignant scenes in the entire Bible is that of Jesus hanging on the cross. There beside him, on crosses of their own, are two criminals. One is defiant; angry; bitter. The other is repentant. And he has one, and only one request of Jesus:
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
What an extraordinary act of faith.
Hanging there, in unimaginable pain, with no hope – he asks Jesus to remember him when he comes into his kingdom.
And Jesus, also in pain, but still filled with hope, grants his request.
“Truly I tell you; today you will be with me in paradise.”
No conditions – no strings attached – no sermon – no scolding of how the man had squandered his life away foolishly. Only pure love and grace:
“…today you will be with me in paradise.”
And no waiting either. Today – in just a little while – paradise.
But God’s love is like that.
If we only have a small bit of faith and trust – God takes it from there. And even when we feel all has been lost – life begins anew.
Grace. It can happen now…today…all we have to do is ask.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I come to you just as I am, always in need of your grace. Thank you for listening and loving me as you do. And may I extend that same grace to others, in your name. AMEN.