But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said,"since you are under the same sentence?
We are punished justly,for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has donenothing wrong."
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when youcome into your kingdom.
Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth,today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:32-43
A couple of things I want to point out:1.
This man was a criminal, never lived a Christian life, yet Jesus savedhim at the last minute2.
He acknowledged and believed who Jesus was and proclaimed hisinnocence.3.
He asked in faith for Jesus to save him.4.
Jesus granted his request and promised him a life with him inparadise.5.
Jesus confirmed that there was paradise after death.6.
He exercises simple faith.7.
He believed that Jesus was a king and had a kingdom and the powerover life after death.8.
He believed he had the power to save him.9.
He recognized that he needed to be saved.As Jesus was dying he testified of
“Paradise”. In a court of law a dying man’s
testimony is considered as truth, because he is dying.Salvation can be instantaneous and it only takes one minute to get right withGod.There is also a place in the Bible where Jesus speaks of hell:
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and finelinen, and fared sumptuously every day:
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid athis gate, full of sores,
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the richman's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.