‘Two other men, both criminals were also led out with him to be executed.’ Luke 23:32
It’s Calvary’s Hill, daylight is giving way to an uncommon darkness. The day is eerily silent as heaven and earth stop. The darling of heaven is only moments from death. As Jesus begins to draw His final breath He finds room for pardon. How forgiveness became and remained the central theme to His life is beyond me. I try to understand but my humanity hides it from me — I’m grateful for finding understanding and revelation as God reveals the mystery.
And here it is, how did Jesus locate within Him the grace and mercy to forgive? To not just ‘remember’ the criminal but to ‘invite’ him to the kingdom?
“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
What a God, what a Saviour!
Earlier, the Roman elite mocked Him, they cast lots for His clothes after making a crown for His head. “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
But there is a truth here, He was too busy saving humanity to save Himself. On mission, Yeshua doesn’t hesitate for the joy that was set before Him (Heb 12:2), He endured the cross, the shame and the mocking as He sets His heart on forgiveness and invites a criminal to share His home.
Again, this story is so beyond amazing it can only be grace.
The criminal’s request is so indecent I can’t believe it occurs to him to ask. Still the more shocking is Jesus’ response, I can’t believe it occurred to Him to grant it.
What happens when one cries out?