And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!”
When Jesus was crucified on the cross, the Bible tells us that He was not crucified alone. As Jesus hung upon the cross, to His left and to His right hung two other men upon their own crosses. Jesus was crucified though he had done no wrong. He was the sinless Son of God. But the Bible says that the two men, one on His right and another on His left, were thieves who had done much wrong.
These two thieves, who were being punished for their crimes, began mocking Jesus. But something happened that changed one of the thieves’ mind. Grace broke through and touched his mind and heart.
The Bible says that one thief was hurling abuse at Him: “Are you not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other thief, having a change of mind, interrupted and said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then this repentant thief, who was touched by the mercy of God, said those very important words, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!”
The thief in his brokenness and lost condition was awakened to the hope of the forgiveness of sin and eternal life. He calls out to Jesus to remember Him.
Jesus responds, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” This man died, but His humble prayer to Jesus opened for Him heaven’s doors. That very day he was with the Savior in paradise.
This reminds us that God is only one prayer away. He sends us His grace and offers complete forgiveness. We must simply respond to all that God has done for us and humbly call on His name.
God waits for us to pray. All the wealth of heavenly grace and blessing awaits the call of a desperate heart that longs for the help of God. He awaits our prayer in order to forgive and give the gift of everlasting life. He is our heavenly Father that meets our every need.
As disciples of Christ it is our privilege to call on Him everyday for every need. We pray like the thief on the cross, “Lord remember me.” It is a prayer of dependence on God. It is a prayer that says, “Lord I need you every hour of every day. As you pour out your blessings, remember me, your child in need.”
This is a prayer of holding onto the promise of God that tells us that He will never leave us or forsake us. It is holding onto the promise that God is our refuge and that He is an ever-present help in our times of need.
So, let us pray often, from a humble heart, “Lord remember me!”
Pray: Heavenly Father I thank you that you are a forgiving God. Just as you forgave the thief on the cross and gave him a place in Paradise, so you have forgiven me. I too know that through your grace I will live forever in your presence in your eternal Kingdom. “Lord remember me, your child!” You are my provider and the source of my blessing. You are the One who meets my every need. Be forever my refuge and my strength in the time of need. Amen.