Thursday 24 February 2011

Remember me

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

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Luke 23:42-43

Two criminals sentenced to their deaths
Both hanging on the cross
Gasping their last breaths.

One turns to Christ
Beholding his shame
Hurls insults on Jesus
Pours contempt on his name -
“Aren’t you the ‘Saviour’?
The promised Messiah?
Come down from that cross;
And show us your power!”

But the other rebukes him, “Don’t you fear God?”
“We’re guilty of our crimes;
He clearly is not!”
Then, in one moment of crystal clarity
The thief turns to Jesus
Pleads, “Lord, remember me.”

Two criminals hung sentenced to their deaths
One remained in his sin
One found eternal rest.

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