He was a bad guy. That crooked crook, hanging on a cross next to Jesus was a real bad guy.
As Max Lucado writes in his book, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior , “If anyone was ever worthless, this one was. If any man ever deserved dying, this man probably did. If any fellow was ever a loser, this fellow was at the top of the list. And yet when that crooked crook says, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom,’ Jesus says, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.'” Luke 23:43
But we might think, “But he was a crooked crook!”
Then Max reminds us, “That’s the point. Jesus’ love does not depend on what we do for him. Not at all. In the eyes of the King, you have value simply because you are. You don’t have to look nice or perform well. Your value is inborn.
I don’t deserve love like that. None of us do. All of us—even the purest of all—deserve heaven about as much as that crook did.”
Google and listen to, the song, “Jesus Remember Me,” and be reminded of the gift of Good Friday and Easter Morning.
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