39And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Luke 23:39-43, King James Version
The account of the crucifixion of Christ as told by Luke is a very familiar passage to us. How often have we heard the account of the thief on the cross crying out, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
This passage reminds us that it is never too late to cry out to Christ; death-bed conversions are very real! And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Here was one last task that Jesus Christ needed to fulfill before He could give up His life willingly for the sins of His people.
One remarkable thing that we often fail to realize is that our death is predetermined by God, and the life we have, no matter how frail, still has a purpose to fulfill before God takes us home to be with Him.
My sister-in-law suffered a brain hemorrhage in May of this year and has been in a coma ever since. In September I had the opportunity to go and visit her; her room at the care center amazed me. All over the room, in a colorful display, were notes from people who had visited her as well as birthday cards that had been sent to her. I realized what a testimony to Christ and to her salvation the room portrayed.
Even though she is in a coma, her life still displays a vibrant testimony to Christ.
We do not know what God has ordained for our future, but we do know that up until the moment of our death we are still being a testimony for Christ.
Never give up on your unsaved friends and loved ones; where there is life there is hope. Keep praying; keep crying out to God!
Praise God for the thief who cried out, Lord, remember me!
God Bless You,