Jesus Promises Paradise to the Repentant Thief

Jesus Promises Paradise to the Repentant Thief

By: Sara Gouge
As I contemplated the story found in Luke 23:39-43 of the two men who were crucified with Jesus, I found one criminal mocking him, and the other humble before Him. It is sometimes painful to recognize, but we are the thief on the cross. We are guilty and we don’t deserve paradise. Yet even though we are condemned, because of Christ’s forgiveness, we can also receive the promise of paradise–to be with Jesus forever.

The piece that I worked on contains many elements. The photograph of the crucifix is cut up into strips symbolizing the passage of time. Jesus is eternally existent. He existed before the beginning of time, and He will rule when time is no longer needed. Jesus is in all of the passages of time. He was there on the cross and He is here in the present now. The provision for our forgiveness was laid out and completed long before that moment of sacrifice. We can rejoice in the goodness of His sacrifice-“while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)


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Holy Week Devotional 6








As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection this coming Good Friday and Easter, we, at Faith Bible Church, want to be intentional about drawing close to God and seeking Him during this season of Lent. Join us as we pray together during this season.


Luke 23:55-56 “The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it.

Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.”



From Sue Lord - We have been focusing our hearts and minds on our Savior these past few weeks as we wait on Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.  The women in this verse also were waiting.  They waited to prepare Jesus’ body for burial, resting “in obedience to the commandment”.




Sometimes the hardest part of anything is the waiting.  When my husband, Richard, and I were going through some medical issues with our son and then with Richard, the hardest part was waiting for the diagnosis.  During that time, though, we felt closest to the Lord.  We knew that He was with us and that we could trust Him, and we rested in that. 


We are now all waiting for the Lord’s return.  I know that He is with me and that I can trust Him during this waiting time as well!  As I wait, I want (like the women) to wait in obedience.  To me, waiting for the Lord in obedience is “living to make Him known”.  The Lord has shown Himself to be so trustworthy and faithful!  I know I can rest in Him as I wait for His return, making Him known to whomever He puts in my path!


  1. Join with me in spending some time today remembering some of the ways He has shown Himself trustworthy and faithful in your lives.
  2. How can we be obedient during this waiting time before the Lord returns?


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