Last words are always important, but surely there can be no last words as significant as those of Jesus on the cross. In these final cries, the humanity and holiness of Christ are there for all to see. This is no deathbed confession. This is a heart full of love reaching out to all suffering humanity.

Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson

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32 They also led two other criminals to be executed with Jesus. 33 When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” They drew lots as a way of dividing up his clothing.

39 One of the criminals hanging next to Jesus insulted him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 Responding, the other criminal spoke harshly to him, “Don’t you fear God, seeing that you’ve also been sentenced to die? 41 We are rightly condemned, for we are receiving the appropriate sentence for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

43 Jesus replied, “I assure you that today you will be with me in paradise.”

St. Luke 23:32-33, 39-43 (Common English Bible)

March 1, 2020: Today You Will Be With Me in Paradise