The Rober in paradise !

And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
(Luke 23:43)

Jesus spoke these words to one of the robbers who were crucified with HIM on either sides.

This is the only verse in the whole BIBLE where it is mentioned that Jesus told a person directly that Assuredly he will be in heaven with Jesus!

I was pondering why did HE say such a good thing to a criminal when HE hasn’t even said so to one of HIS own disciples!?!?

What was it that moved the compassionate heart of Lord Jesus to make such a huge promise?

It must have been the words he spoke about Jesus to the other robber who blasphemied Jesus!
He said:

Have you no fear of God? You’re getting the same as him. We deserve this, but not him—he did nothing to deserve this.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom.”

Many times we are so full of ourselves., Being consumed by our own self righteousness., boasting about our zeal for God and consumed by the pride that we are the children of God…
At times our eyes are veiled by pride during tribulations and we question God’s greatness like the other Criminal who blasphemied Jesus saying, “Some Messiah you are! Save yourself! Save us!”

We become so frustrated with God at times and hate HIM for not providing us the blessings that (we think) we deserve inspite of us being righteous..

I pray that our eyes be opened to the truth.. So that whenever we face hardships and disappointments in life, we would lift our faces to Calvary, knowing that HE underwent so much more than what we face..though HE did not deserve any of it!..HE endured that painful path just because HE loved us!

It is true that we are HIS children., rested with authority and called for Greatness!
But let us also realize that it is all possible only because of HIS GRACE.. and let us humble ourselves before HIM!

Luke 18:13‭-‬14 AMP:
But the tax collector, standing at a distance, would not even raise his eyes toward heaven, but was striking his chest [in humility and repentance], saying, ‘God, be merciful and gracious to me, the [especially wicked] sinner [that I am]!’ I tell you, this man went to his home justified [forgiven of the guilt of sin and placed in right standing with God] rather than the other man; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself [forsaking self-righteous pride] will be exalted.

I would rather be a humble Criminal before God and walk my way to into my eternal home than being a powerful disciple who exhibited signs and wonders (like Judas) but still ended up in darkness!

Have a thoughtful day!

By Diana Josephine

I'm a young Doctor and if there's anything that I'm more proud of.. It's being a child of God! Join me as I venture life's journey with my best friend Jesus!

3 replies on “The Rober in paradise !”

I have always found such encouragement in the Lord’s unconditional love and commitment for that criminal that was crucified along with Him. Jesus certainly levels the playing field. We are all sinners, saved only by His grace!
Thanks for following my blog.
Pastor Chuck

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