On the day Jesus died, three crosses were raised. Jesus hung on the center one between two criminals. One of the men mocked Jesus, but the other said to Him, “Remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus answered, “Today you will be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:42-43).
Imagine the man’s thoughts as he took his last breath. He paid a horrible penalty for his crimes. But now, because he put his faith in Jesus, he was welcomed into heaven as a child of God. Perhaps he said with confidence, “I know I don’t deserve to be here, but I’m with Him!” gesturing toward Jesus. And Jesus would have confirmed it: “He’s with Me.”
Like the thief on the cross, we all face a choice. Have you made the decision to trust Jesus? Can you say with confidence, “I’m with Him”? – Cindy Hess Kasper
We are with Him and He with us,
Great confidence this gives
To face life’s trials and even death
Because our Savior lives. – D. De Haan
Facing death with confidence comes from trusting Christ.
- January 10, Vol. 14, Our Daily Bread