As we continue looking at the statements of Jesus on the cross, today we look at His second: "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43).
Our Savior did not allow His own pain and circumstances to distract Him from the cries of faith from a repentant sinner.
In one of His final interactions before His death, Jesus compassionately extended eternal life. As He openly prayed for the forgiveness of His killers, Jesus sparked an internal transformation in the criminal next to Him. In humility, the criminal said to Jesus, "Remember me when you come into your kingdom" (v. 42). In the midst of great suffering and torment, our Savior did not allow His own pain and circumstances to distract Him from the cries of faith from a repentant sinner. Jesus knew that this was the very reason He was hanging on that cross. Just as He was not too preoccupied to minister to this criminal, He is never too busy for our concerns.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for being there to hear my cries for help. I cannot fathom how You care for me, but I trust Your Word and thank You that I can boldly come before Your throne, knowing that You hear my prayers. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Jesus answered him, 'Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise'" (Luke 23:43).