Things were not looking good. Identified only as “the other criminal” he was enduring one of the most painful forms of capital punishment ever devised.
Around him a crowd cursed and taunted but overwhelming his own misery was the sense of injustice he felt for the man next to him.
His fellow criminal is joining the taunting and he shouts him down “we are punished justly but this man has done nothing wrong!”
He then turns to the man he had heard forgiving those who nailed his hands to the wooden cross. “Lord remember me when you come in your Kingdom”.
Are we witnessing the raving of a man in the throes of death or the making of the first Christian?
He acknowledges his guilt ... he says “we are punished justly”.
He recognises who Jesus is ... he says “remember me when you come in your kingdom”.
He believes that God will raise him from the dead. He trusts in him fully.
He could do nothing else... he was nailed hand and feet.
Jesus said: “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
This man was already in Paradise before the new testament was written but if you want to know how to be a Christian you can read this paragraph in Romans 10v9: “If you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead. You will be saved”
However rough your life has been so far and however bleak you think your outlook is today you can have the same future as this man got.
Now is God’s time. Today is his day of salvation.
Right place. Right time!