“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43
The day that Jesus died, we all know there were three crosses that were raised. Jesus hung in the middle between two criminals. One of the criminals continued to mock Him the entire time while the other one decided to stop mocking Him when he realized whom Jesus really was. Once he realized who Jesus was he put all his faith in Him and said to Jesus “Remember me when You come into Your kingdom Lord.” And we all know the response Jesus gave to this criminal in the end. “Today, you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23: 42-43
Just imagine the criminal’s thoughts as he took his very last breath. He truly had paid for the whatever horrible crimes he had committed dying on the cross next to Jesus. But now, because he had put all his faith in Jesus Christ, he was going to be welcomed into heaven as a child of God. How comforting that must have been. Maybe, with great confidence he may have said as he stood in heaven “I know I don’t deserve to be here, but I’m with Him!” as he gestured toward Jesus. And Jesus would have confirmed it by responding to His Father in heaven “He’s with Me.”
Just like the criminal on the cross, we too all must face different choices in our lives. However, the biggest choice we all must make is whether or not we will put all of our trust and faith in Jesus Christ, just as the criminal did just before dying on the cross beside Jesus. Have you truly made the decision to trust Jesus? Can you yourself say with utter confidence “I’m with Him”?
Facing death with confidence comes from trusting Christ.