The second statement of Jesus on the Cross is this “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)
This statement is one of his final interactions where He extended eternal life. As He openly forgave others, He sparked an internal transformation in the criminal next to Him. In complete humility, this criminal said to Jesus “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” In the middle of great suffering and torment, our Savior did not allow His very own pain and circumstances distract Him from the cries of faith from a repentant sinner. Jesus knew that this was the very reason why 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.
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 and know that You hear my prayers.
“Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.'”