TWO: Remembrance

18 03 2008

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:34

In life, Jesus was known to hang out with the least of society: the prostitutes, the IRS, the heathen. In death, all four Gospels point to the fact that Jesus was executed along with two terrorists. Even in death, he is among the bad elements of society. Not the religious establishment, not the well-to-do, not the successful, but those whom are failures by the world’s standards.

Who can say what caused the two thieves to turn to crimes against people and state? We know nothing about the two men on either side of Jesus, but all four Gospel writers state they were there. One lashes out against Jesus in anger crying, “SAVE YOURSELF AND US!” and the other says, “remember me.”

Remembering can be to recall from memory or to think about, but it can also mean to act. To act is what happens when God remembers his people in the Old Testament. God remembered his people in bondage in Egypt and rescued them.
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

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