Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
The Rev. Steven D. Paulikas is a minister in the Episcopal Church. Year C will begin on November 24, 2019. Pentecost was the last day of the month. Luke 23:33-43 (KJV) Harvest Sunday/Celebration of Christ the King Please keep my name in mind when you come into your kingdom. “Words of incredible faith, words to live by.” Please keep my name in mind when you come into your kingdom. Those are the last words of a criminal, the last words spoken before being put to death at the hands of a merciless and violent state.
Please keep in mind that I exist.
Please keep my name in mind when you enter your kingdom.
This kingdom has had enough of me.
- And Jesus’ response was as follows: “Truly, I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” This is a promise.
- It is a promise from Jesus to you and to me, as well.
- Not tomorrow, not in another epoch, but right now.
- Not by gaining the approval of the people of this kingdom, no way!
- The cross is the means by which the kingdom is attained.
- When all other options have been exhausted and there is nothing left to do.
- After coming to terms with the fact that there is no salvation for the righteous in this profoundly confused and unjust world, it is time to move on.
That is when you will be aware that the kingdom has arrived.
The word “kingdom” is a strange one to have to deal with in such a profound and meaningful spiritual context as the one described above.
It successfully manages to bring together gender and power issues that make many of us uncomfortable in a single word.
And it’s possible that this is for the best.
Throughout his ministry, Jesus instilled in his followers the belief that true power comes from serving others, and that to rule is to serve.
Jesus does not inherit his kingdom through a coronation ceremony, but rather through his death on the cross.
He isn’t telling us that we should stop kneeling at the feet of the earthly king and instead bow down to him in submission.
In order to enter Jesus’ kingdom, you must accept that he will serve you because that is where his power originates.
This group of people, in fact, are saints.
In other words, when we say “remember me,” when we ask to be admitted into Jesus’ kingdom, we aren’t making the request of a supplicant pleading to be allowed into a prosperous land.
And, perhaps most shocking of all, that kingdom can be found right now, in this very moment.
It is right in front of you in this assembly.
“Very truly, THIS day you will be with me in paradise.” If you believe that this is the day the Lord has made, If your prayer is true when you ask for our daily bread, If you believe the words of Jesus to the criminal on the day of crucifixion,Then you will see that the kingdom of God is right here, and that paradise is the dwelling place of those who love God.
- Very truly.
- Today is Harvest Sunday at All Saints’ Church.
- You may have grown up in an agricultural place, and maybe the rhythms of growing year are in your blood.
- It happens only after months of work and care: sowing, tilling, weeding, protecting.
- One can’t help but give thanks.
- Kingdoms, harvests…they have become metaphors.
- We come together this morning to catch a glimpse of the heavenly paradise Jesus promises the thief.
It is a spiritual harvest.
The Kingdom reveals itself of its own accord, without any help from us.
That is the work of the Church.
As an act of thanksgiving for this heavenly harvest, this morning we proclaim our faith in the kingdom that is already here and yet still to come.
A farmer doesn’t just talk about planting seeds; a farmer goes out into the field and plants the seed with their own hand.
There is no one but us to do the work that needs to be done to help the world see the Kingdom of which Jesus speaks.
In a few moments, we will make our offering to God as we bring our pledge cards to the altar.
The gift you leave at the altar comes out of the harvest of your labors.
Let me tell you: I have tithed 10 percent of my pre-tax salary to the Church for the past 14 years.
I’m generally amazed that I can do it, and it always feels like an accomplishment—and the only feeling I can have about it is gratitude.
All Saints’ Church is flourishing in ways we never would have imagined.
And I know that I have been a part of it.
Because you see, when I place my offering in the plate it is not just an offering to God—it is an offering to my future self and your future selves.
What a blessing. Friends, Jesus will remember you when he comes into his kingdom. You will see paradise, perhaps even this day. Let us give thanks! For the harvest is rich. And it is a blessing to be a steward in the Kingdom of God. Amen.
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe is celebrated today. Br Andrew Brookes, O.P., muses on the crucifixion of our Lord. The dying thief’s prayer to Jesus, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom,’ is a stunning statement. Jesus is being subjected to one of the most heinous ways of punishment ever created by human beings, while being surrounded by an angry and taunting mob. It is certain that Jesus had a board over his head with the words ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’ engraved on it.
- Following his conviction for blasphemy and rejection by his own Jewish people, he is being killed by the Romans, the world’s only superpower, after being condemned to death by the Romans.
- Having taken on the role of King, Jesus is set on combating humanity’s fundamental enemies: sin and Satan, as well as the powers of death that lurk behind them.
- Even in these darkest of hours, hours during which darkness physically descended on the country, light pours out because Jesus is full of truth, full of dignity, full of righteousness, and full of love, and he is the source of all light.
- Following his confession, he wants to be remembered when Jesus is established in his kingdom, which is when Jesus has fought his enemies and been victoriously enthroned in his heavenly throne.
- This is the triumph of light over darkness!
- It may appear to be an odd method for a monarch to battle, but this king is also a priest in disguise.
- As the apostle Paul puts it, God the Father reconciled all things to himself in and through Christ, bringing about peace via his spilt blood on the cross.
Jesus did not sin, and he did not succumb to Satan’s temptations: instead, he fought the powers of sin and Satan, accepting death in order to vanquish and weaken the forces of evil.
As monarch of everything that is and of the entire Universe, Jesus now reigns on the heavenly throne alongside his Father, who reigns as the creator of all things.
Our lives are altered by the trip from heaven to earth in human flesh, for the governing exalted Son is also the made son of Mary, the head and source of a transformed human race.
We are made kings by our baptism, which involves throwing off the old body of sin and being grafted into the body of Christ.
This is something we do on a daily basis, living and dying in the same way he did, since the world is still a battleground.
We can draw on his kingly power by faith, exercise it through love, and look forward to the day when we will be able to partake in its fullness and see our King face to face.
We, the inhabitants of the planet, look forward to it from our current location in time, but we do not do so passively.
As a result, this celebration occurs at a time when we are about to enter Advent at the beginning of the new liturgical year, which is appropriate.
Readings: 2 The following passages are from Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 121, Colossians 1:12-20, and Luke 23:35-43.
“Remember Me When” – Grace Evangelical Society
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe is observed today. Br Bishop Andrew Brookes of the Order of the Preacher (OP) focuses on Christ’s death. I find the dying thief’s appeal to be remarkable: “Jesus, please keep my name in mind when you come into your kingdom.” surrounded by a hostile and laughing mob, Jesus is subjected to one of the most heinous ways of punishment ever invented by mankind. Jesus, without a doubt, had a board above his head with the words ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’ engraved on it.
- Following his conviction for blasphemy and rejection by his own Jewish people, he is being put to death by the Romans, the world’s only superpower.
- Having taken on the role of King, Jesus is set on combating humanity’s fundamental enemies: sin and Satan, as well as the powers of death that lurk behind them.
- Because Jesus is full of truth, full of dignity, full of righteousness, and full of love, light shines out even in the darkest of hours, hours during which darkness physically descended upon the land.
- Following his confession, he wants to be remembered when Jesus is established in his kingdom, which is when Jesus has fought his adversaries and been victoriously enthroned at the end of time.
- Darkness is being vanquished by light in this instance.
- The manner this monarch fights may appear unusual to some, but he also happens to be a priest.
- Putting it another way, God the Father reconciled all things to himself in and through Christ, bringing about peace via his spilt blood on the cross.
While Jesus did not sin or succumb to Satan’s temptations, he did fight the powers of sin and Satan, accepting death in order to defeat and disable death.
As monarch of everything that is and of the entire Universe, Jesus now reigns with his Father on the heavenly throne.
In human flesh, we experience a trip from heaven to earth and back again.
He now offers us more power – grace given to us by the Holy Spirit, the sacraments, and other means – as well as the opportunity to rule with him from Heaven.
We are asked to reign with him by submitting all of our own capabilities to his truth and authority, as well as by actively creating his kingdom around us and inviting others to participate in it.
We shall see how the fight that King Jesus fought on earth, and perhaps the victory that he achieved, will play out in our own lives as well.
It is fitting that the Church’s year concludes with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, because the fullness of his kingship will only be revealed at the end of time, though it will thereafter be manifested in full public glory forever, as he reigns with his Father over the new creation in which he has been created.
We are looking forward to it with bated breath, and we must pray and prepare for it.
Throughout the year, we should be reminded of Christ’s beautiful and mighty monarchy, which is genuinely worldwide in scope – so that God’s kingdom may arrive and Christ, the King of the Universe, may reign supreme over everything.
Readings: 2 The following passages are from Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 121, Colossians 1:12-20, and Luke 23:35-43, respectively.
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
35 The crowds gathered in front of the cross to watch Jesus suffer and die. The leaders, on the other hand, laughed at him. He rescued others, they reasoned, so let him save himself if, as they believed, he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One. They insulted him as well, and as they approached him with vinegar in hand, they exclaimed: “If you are the king of Israel, rescue yourself.” 37 ‘This is the King of the Jews.’ There was an inscription above him that said as much. 39 He was mistreated by one of the convicts who were hanging there.
‘Do you have any apprehension about God at all?’ he inquired.
This individual, on the other hand, has done nothing wrong.
43 ‘Indeed, I assure you,’ he said, ‘that today you will be with me in paradise.’ He went on to say more.
It may seem unusual that this portion of the account of Christ’s passion and death should be read on the feast of Christ the King, but it is not by chance. What factors led to the selection of this gospel reading? It is in the discussion over whether Jesus should rightfully be referred to as the anointed king or the Messiah that we find ourselves at the core of the gospel drama. The leaders make fun of Jesus, saying, ‘Let him save himself if he is the Christ of God’ (Let him save himself). The soldiers make fun of Jesus because he claims to be ‘the king of the Jews.’ The truth is announced in a rather humorous manner by the inscription on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
- It is through the discussion with the ‘good thief,’ the criminal crucified beside him who is sympathetic to him, that we come to understand the truth about Jesus’ kingdom.
- In contrast to an earthly kingdom that might be fought for via conflict and bloodshed, the kingdom of God is a place where peace and mercy prevail.
- In conclusion, this is a fitting text with which to conclude our Sunday-by-Sunday reading of the Gospel of Luke.
- When a person turns to Jesus, he or she joins him or her in the kingdom of God.
What is it in the Gospel of Luke that I will remember most clearly? Please join me in praying for endurance as we make our way towards God’s kingdom of love and peace on earth. Please keep my name in mind when you arrive into your kingdom.
About Rev Dr Adrian Graffy
A member of the Vatican Commission for Biblical Research, Interpretation, and Promotion, Rev. Dr. Adrian Graffy is a leader in Bible scholarship, interpretation, and promotion in the Catholic Church. When Pope Francis appointed him to the Pontifical Biblical Commission in 2014, Rev Dr Graffy commented, “It is an honor to be selected by Pope Francis as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.” The honor and privilege of serving His Holiness and the Church fills me with great anticipation.
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In addition to serving as parish priest of Christ the Eternal High Priest in Gidea Park, Essex, Fr Graffy formerly served as the director of Brentwood’s Commission for Evangelization and Formation.
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New International Version (New International Version) “Jesus, please keep me in mind when you come into your kingdom,” he continued. New Living Translation (New Living Translation) “Jesus, please keep me in mind when you come into your Kingdom,” he continued. Version standardized in English “Jesus, please keep me in mind when you come into your kingdom,” he pleaded. Berean Study Bible (also known as the Berean Study Bible) “Jesus, please keep me in mind when You come into Your kingdom!” he said.
- The King James Version of the Bible “Lord, keep my name in mind when thou comest into thine kingdom,” the man replied to Jesus.
- Then he turned to Jesus and asked, “Lord, please keep me in mind when You come into Your kingdom.” The New American Standard Bible is a translation of the New Testament into English.
- NASB (National Association of School Boards) 1995 “Jesus, please remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” he said.
- The Bible with an amplification system “Jesus, please keep me in mind when You come into Your kingdom!” he was pleading with Him.
- “Jesus, please keep me in mind when you come into your kingdom,” he continued.
- The American Standard Version is the version used in the United States.
The Aramaic Bible translated into plain English And he addressed Yeshua, saying, “My Lord, please keep me in mind when you come into your Kingdom.” Version in the Present Tense of the English Language Then he turned to Jesus and said, “Remember me when you come into authority!” The Bible of Douay-Rheims And he addressed Jesus, saying, “Lord, keep me in mind when thou comest into thy kingdom.” Translation of the Good News Afterwards, he appealed to Jesus, “Keep me in mind, Jesus, when you arrive as King!” The International Standard Version (ISO) is a formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized formalized Then he pleaded with Jesus, saying, “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom!” Standard Version in its literal sense “Remember me, Lord, when You arrive in Your kingdom,” he said to Jesus, according to the New American Bible.
- “Jesus, please keep me in mind when you come into your kingdom,” he continued.
- “Jesus, please keep me in mind when you come into your kingdom,” he continued.
- The New Heart English Bible is a translation of the New Heart Bible.
- The New Testament of Weymouth “Jesus, please keep me in mind when you come into your Kingdom,” he prayed.
- Young’s Literal Translation of the Text “Remember me, lord, when thou comest in thy kingdom,” he murmured to Jesus, who smiled and nodded.
- Context The Crucifixion was a terrible event.
“However, this individual has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he added, “Jesus, please keep me in mind when You come into Your kingdom!” 43 And Jesus replied to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise,” which means “today you will be with Me in paradise.” … References to Other Sources Luke 23:41We are being punished fairly, since we are experiencing the consequences of our acts.
“However, this individual has done nothing wrong.” Luke 23:43 (NIV) Afterward, Jesus told him that “truly I tell you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” (Treasury of Scriptures) And he addressed Jesus, saying, “Lord, keep me in mind when you come into your kingdom.” Lord.
Psalm 106:4,5 (KJV) So that I may be remembered by thy people, O LORD, and that I may be visited by thy salvation, remember me, O LORD.
Luke 12:8 (KJV) And therefore, I say to you, whomever confesses me before mankind, the Son of Man will likewise confess him before the angels of God: Jesus said in John 1:49, “I have come to give you a new commandment.” In response, Nathanael says to him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Paul writes in Romans 10:9,10, In order to be saved, it is necessary for you to confess with your lips the Lord Jesus, and to believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead; this is what the Bible says.
- Psalm 2:6 (KJV) Nevertheless, I have established my monarch on my holy mountain of Zion.
- For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder.
- – To put it another way, in Thy kingdom.
- He does not beg for any particular favors, nor does he ask for a position on the right or left flanks of the throne, nor does he ask for a spot in the King’s palace.
- 41st Verse – And he addressed Jesus with these words.
- The word “Lord” is omitted by the vast majority of earlier sources.
- The contrite looked forward to the resurrection of the crucified Jesus, who would appear in (be clad in) kingly grandeur, surrounded by his power and splendor.
During that terrifying day, he and he alone was able to correctly interpret the mocking Pilate’s inscription above the cross, which read, “This is the King of the Jews.” He read, “withDivine clearsightedness in this deepest night,” which means “with Divine clarity in the darkest night” (Krum-reacher).
“The thief must have become acquainted with the predictions of Jesus concerning his coming, which may very easily have been the case at Jerusalem, and does not directly presuppose any instructions on the part of Jesus; although he may also have heard him himself, and still remembered what he heard,” Meyer writes admirably about the thief’s knowledge of the second coming of Christ.
- Parallel Commentaries If this is the case, then (kai)ConjunctionStrong’s 2532: And, in addition, specifically.
- SingularStrong’s 2036:Answer, bid, bring word, and command are all possible.
- “Jesus,Ἰησοῦ(Iēsou) Noun – Masculine Vocative Form SingularStrong’s 2424 is as follows: Jesus, the name of our Lord, and two other Israelites are descended from the Hebrew language.
- A shortened form of the verb mnaomai, which means to recall or bring to mind.
- a first-person primary pronoun that indicates the first person I.whenὅταν(hotan) When, whenever is the 3752 of ConjunctionStrong.
- You come ἔλθῃς(elthēs)Verb – Aorist Subjunctive Active – 2nd Person SingularStrong’s 2064: To come, go.
- Yourσου(sou)Personal / Possessive Pronoun – Genitive 2nd Person SingularStrong’s 4771: You.
- rule, or a realm.
Jesus, Remember Me
“Jesus, please keep me in mind when you come into your kingdom,” he continued. “Truly, I assure you, today you will be with me in Paradise,” he said as a response. — Luke 23:42–43 (KJV) When Jesus was tied to a scaffolding, dying by crucifixion, a criminal crucified next to him inquired as to whether Jesus may remember him—I assume he was referring to the time when they were both on the other side of death—and Jesus responded affirmatively. The criminal begged Jesus for compassion, and Jesus responded with mercy and consolation, telling him that he would enter heaven that very day.
- What we don’t know is whether he approached Jesus with this request out of desperation, or whether he had sincere faith and recognized Jesus for who he truly was.
- And Jesus, who was dying at the time, responded with kindness.
- We feel bad about ourselves, as if we’ve done something to deserve this.
- Alternatively, we say that many other individuals suffer far more than we do, and that we should thus keep our mouths shut.
- Please forgive me, Lord, for not putting my faith in your kindness.
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Daily Devotion – Luke 23:42 – Remember Me When You Come Into Your Kingdom
Nevertheless, the other criminal objected, saying, “Don’t you fear God even after you have been sentenced to death? The consequences of our misdeeds are justifiable, but this individual has done nothing wrong.” “Jesus, please keep me in mind when you come into your Kingdom,” he continued. Then Jesus assured them, saying, “I guarantee you, you will be with me in paradise today.” Luke 23:40-43 New Living TranslationAbundance can frequently be discovered in unexpected places. I’ve been to a number of little houses or rooms that were filled with a wealth of beloved memories.
- Often, where we see no possibilities, others see a world of possibilities.
- He is described as a “revolutionary” who was practically on the verge of dying for the cause he believed in, whether it was right or wrong.
- Everlasting life can be discovered where a heart is modest enough to ask for forgiveness!
- They recognize the opportunity even when faced with difficulties.
- Their testimony has been elevated to a “Level Up” as a result of discipline, a fierce work ethic, and a devotion to pleasing the Lord.
- The church, the body of Christ, is abounding.
- Despite the fact that the world may pronounce you to be “insufficient,” the Kingdom has proven time and time again that you are far more than you could have dreamed.
- What do you come across?
- This week, discover 5 God-honoring things you can do with something you may have otherwise thrown out or given away to charity.
Quentin G. Love is the son, grandson, and great-grandson of pastors, and he was raised in a religious environment. None of this qualifies him as a preacher; he is simply a P-K from the neighborhood. I’m here to use my abilities to serve Christ.
What Does Luke 23:42 Mean? “And he said, Jesus, remember me when thou comest in thy kingdom.”
- CHAPTERS 23 AND 24 Luke 23:1-5: JESUS PRIOR TO THE PILATE PERFORMANCE. THE GOSPEL OF LUKES 23:6-12. JESUS BEFORE HEROD (See Mark 15:6 for further information.) 7. sent him to Herod, expecting to avoid the issue of either an unjust condemnation or a controversial release from prison. At that time, the Passover was being observed in Jerusalem. Then there’s the miracle that you’ve been waiting for, much like the Philistines with Samson (Judges 16:25), you nasty, deceitful, ruthless tyrant! However, thou hast been baulked in the past and shalt be baulked again. 9. nothing was spoken in response – (SeeMatthew 7:6). In the presence of the King, they passionately accused him – no doubt both of treachery before the King as well as defamation of the Jewish faith, for the King was a Jew. 11. His soldiers of battle, who serve as his bodyguards. to have him at naught,c.-to have him stung with disappointment at His failure to entertain him with miracles or answer any of his queries. Beautiful robe in a vivid color. If this meant (as it sometimes did) gleaming white, which is the regal hue among the Jews, it may have been a sneer at His claim to be “King of the Jews,” as some have suggested. But, if that’s the case, “He in fact glorified Him, just as Pilate did with His actual title blazoned on the cross.” He sent him back to Pilate, instead of freeing him as he should have done because he had found no evidence against Him (Luke 23:14Luke 23:15). So he has joined Pilate in all of the guilt of His condemnation, and it is with him that he is placed in the same category as the other (Acts 4:27). There is animosity between the two countries, presumably on some issue pertaining to disputed jurisdiction, which this exchange of the Prisoner may help to resolve. In Luke 23:13-38, we see JESUS AGAIN BEFORE THE PILATE, DELIVERED UP, AND LEFT TO BE CRUCIFIED. a Jewish community in Cyrene, Libya, on the north coast of Africa, which had a synagogue in Jerusalem, and a Jewish community in Jerusalem (Acts 6:9, and seeActs 2:10). He was referred to as “the father of ALEXANDER and Rufus” (Mark 15:21), who were undoubtedly better recognized as followers than he was himself. (See Romans 16:13 for more information.) out of the nation -and unintentionally attracted into that section of the audience “Him they compel to carry His burden,” (Matthew 27:32)-sweet coercion, if it results in him or his sons freely “picking up their cross!” It would appear that our Lord had to wear His own cross first (John 19:17), but since He was exhausted and unable to continue, it was placed on someone to bear it “after Him.” From verses 27 to 31, there are women there, but not the beautiful Galilean women (Luke 23:49), but rather members of the multitude. No, c.-noble spirit of compassion, rising above His own fearful endurances, in gentle commiseration of sufferings yet in the distance and incomparably lighter, but without His supports and solace! Thirty. mountains. hills,c.-(Hosea 10:8), flinging themselves about as they did in desperation for cover, during the siege
- A very faint foreboding of screams of a different and more terrible sort to come (Isaiah 2:10Isaiah 2:19Isaiah 2:21,Revelation 6:16Revelation 6:17). Green trees are inherently resistant to fire, as is the case with number 31. The dry -which draws the fire since it is the perfect fuel for it. It is clear that the adage is saying: “If such hardships befall the innocent One, the very Lamb of God, what must be in store for those who are stirring the flames?” Luke 23:32-38, 44-46 are examples of parables. CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH OF THE LORD JESUS, according to Luke 44-46. THE TWO THIEVES IN LEVIATHAN 23:39-43. 39. raged against him, catching up with the general ridicule, but in his own unique way. But another voice from the cross will nobly wash away this disgrace and convert it into the incomparable glory of the dying Redeemer. Jesus has been “reviled, but he will not be reviled again.” ‘Let others jeer, but dost thou?’ says the speaker emphatically in response to question 40. Fear God -Does thou have any apprehension about encountering Him as thy just Judge so soon? And yet, despite the fact that you are only a few hours or minutes away from eternity, do you choose to live your life in reckless disregard of the approaching judgment? “He has been sentenced to death, but is it better with thee?” reads another sentence in the same condemnation. Is it possible that even a shared lot cannot arouse pity in thine heart? 41.3. we. justly,c.-He accepts full responsibility for the worst of his deeds and deserts, and would gladly shame his fellow into doing the same. There’s nothing wrong -literally, “out of place”
- Therefore, “unnatural”
- A striking phrase in this context. Our Lord was not charged with a regular crime, but rather with making a blasphemic claim to authority and honors, which was considered a lesser offense. As Pilate pointed out to His adversaries, the allegation of treason had not even a semblance of truth to it. In this defense, it appears that there is more to it than meets the eye. ‘He declared Himself to be the promised Messiah, the Son of God
- But in this He ‘did nothing amiss’
- He ate with publicans and sinners, and invited all the weary and heavy laden to come and rest under His wing
- He claimed to be the Lord of the Kingdom of God, with the authority to shut it at will, but also to open it at pleasure even to such as we are
- But in this He ‘did nothing Is His next speech any less ambiguous than this? (1) His forthright confession and honest self-condemnation are noteworthy. (2) His shock and terror at the stark contrast between his own and his colleague’s mental states. (3) He relied on his worry to bring him to a more rational state of mind while there was still hope. (4) His exemplary witness, not just to Jesus’ innocence, but also to everything that this meant about the legitimacy of His claims, was a source of great pride. Jesus heard what he said and said it to him. (1) It is important to note that the “kingdom” in question was one that existed beyond the tomb, for it is unfathomable that he would have expected Him to descend from the cross in order to establish any temporal kingdom. (2) He refers to this as Christ’s own (Thy) kingdom. (3) As a result, he believes that Christ has the ultimate authority to distribute that kingdom to anyone He chooses. Fourteenth, despite he is implying it, he does not assume toaska’s position in that kingdom
- Instead, with a humility that is truly touching, he just asks, “Lord.remember me when,”c. Nonetheless, there was a great deal of confidence in that word. The fact that Christ will “consider him” (Nehemiah 5:19), at that august time when He “cometh into His dominion,” will suffice is sufficient. As long as Thou assurest me that Thy mercies will not be forgotten by a miserable wretch like myself, who once hung at Thy side, I will be pleased.” Contrast this dazzling act of faith with the gloom that pervaded even the apostles’ minds, who could scarcely believe that their Master would die at all, who were now on the verge of giving up hope in Him, and who, after He had died, had almost completely buried their hopes in His burial ground. Take into account the man’s earlier obstacles and poor life as well. And then see how his faith manifests itself—not in protests, but in actions. “Lord, I have no reason to doubt, I am firmly convinced that Thou art Lord of a kingdom, that death cannot disannul Thy title nor impede the assumption of it in due time,”c.-but, as if he had no reason to doubt, and as if he had risen above the question as a whole, he simply says, “Lord, remember me whenThou comest,”c. Was there ever a time when such trust was demonstrated on our planet? There is a distinct impression that the brightest crown had been prepared for the Saviour’s head during His darkest hour. 43. Jesus said, c.-The dying Redeemer speaks as though He were looking at it from this perspective himself. It was a “song in the night,” as they say. It brought joy to His spirit in the midst of the midnight gloom that had engulfed it. “Because thou speakst as if thou were the king, I speak to thee with kingly power,” I declare unto thee in truth. This day – “Thou art prepared for a long delay before I come into My kingdom, but not a day’s delay shall there be for thee
- Thou shalt not be separated from Me even for a moment, but together we shall go
- And with Me, before this day expires, thou shalt be in Paradise” (future bliss,2 Corinthians 12:4,Revelation 2:7). Learn (1) how “one is taken and another left”
- (2) how easily divine teaching can elevate the rudest and worst among us above the best instructed and most devoted servants of Christ
- And (3) how presumption and desperation in the face of death are both equally discounted here, the one in the impenitent thief and the other in his penitent fellow servant of Christ. Luke 23:47-56 is a passage of Scripture. The Signs and Circumstances that Surrounded His Death and Burial
Jesus, Remember Me When You Come Into Your Kingdom
Do you believe that Jesus was being unfair when He promised the thief on the cross Paradise (cf. Luke 23:42-43), but then told the crowds that “not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 7:21), or that He was simply being honest? “Jesus, please keep me in mind when You come into Your kingdom!” says the thief. (See Luke 23:42.) What is the difference between it and “Lord, Lord”? What is it about Jesus’ replies that is so different? When confronted by the thief, Christ responds, “Truly I tell to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).
Look more closely at the two gospel texts to see if we can figure out what may have caused such a disparity in Jesus’ responses in the first place.
“Save Yourself as well as us!” However, the other responded, rebuking him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing that you are both under the same sentence of condemnation?” And we are really suffering justly, since we are experiencing what we deserve as a result of our acts; but, this man has committed no wrong.” “Jesus, please remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” he said.
- From the moment that Christ was nailed to the cross, he began to pray for those who had killed him.
- This is something he prays for.
- One of the villains was a hardened criminal to the end.
- When it came down to it, the other was softened at the last minute: he was plucked out of the flames and turned into a monument to Divine kindness.
- The certainty of sincere repentance is that it is never too late; nevertheless, the certainty of late repentance is that it is rarely true.
- If we look at the unusual consequences of God’s grace on this individual, we will find that this is a one-of-a-kind situation.
- He admitted that he had earned what had happened to him.
- Keep an eye out for his trust in this prayer.
Jesus made this profession before to the marvels that were performed, which brought honor to Christ’s sufferings and surprised and astonished the centurion He believed in a future life and intended to be happy in that life, as opposed to the other thief, who was just concerned with being rescued from the cross.
- All he asks is for the Lord to keep me in mind.
- Christ on the cross is generous, just as Christ on the throne is gracious.
- As a result of this act of mercy, we are to understand that Jesus Christ died in order to make the kingdom of heaven available to all contrite and obedient Christians.
- Make certain that, on average, men die as they live.
- (7:21-23 in Matthew 7:21-23).
- 1 Cor.
- He demonstrates, by a straightforward remonstrance, that an outward declaration of faith, no matter how impressive, will not send us to paradise unless there is a corresponding change in our behavior (cf.
Take note of the following: 1.
Not everyone who calls out, “Lord, Lord,” will be admitted into the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of grace, and the kingdom of glory.
Who will take up residence in your tabernacle?–the church militant; and who will take up residence on your holy hill?–the church victorious.
That it is not sufficient to say, Lord, Lord; in word and tongue to own Christ as our Master, and to make addresses to him, and professions of him in accordance with that ownership; in prayer to God, in discourse with men, we must call Christ, Lord, Lord; we say well, for so he is (cf.
If our inside impressions do not correspond to our outer manifestations, Lord, Lord, we are nothing more than a clanging cymbal and a blaring brass horn in the presence of God.
In order for us to be happy, it is essential that we carry out Christ’s will, which is, after all, the will of his heavenly Father.
That we believe in Christ, repent of our sins, live a holy life, and love one another is God’s desire at this point.
By failing to follow God’s will, we ridicule Christ by referring to him as Lord, much like those who adorned him with a magnificent garment and exclaimed, “Hail, King of the Jews.” When it comes to human behavior, saying and doing are two things that are frequently separated: he who said, “I go, sir,” never moved an inch (cf.
- 21:30); but these two things are joined together by God in his command, and no one who separates them will be permitted to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
- The hypocrite’s argument against the strictness of the law, in which he offers other things in exchange for compliance (cf.
- It will be in vain because Christ understands the power of their cause, which is only weakness; what they currently hold in their hearts, they will afterwards produce in an attempt to delay the coming of judgment, but it will be in vain.
- These prophesied in his name, but he did not send them; they only used his name to perform a purpose in the scheme of things.
- (2.) That we have expelled devils out of the building in your name?
- Origen claims that the name of Christ was so widely used to drive out devils in his time that it was occasionally effective even when it was invoked by sinful Christians.
(3.) That we have accomplished many wonderful things in thy name.
While the gifts of languages and healing might help to promote folks to the rest of the world, it is true holiness or sanctification that is recognized by God.
Grace will get a man to paradise even if he does not do miracles, while performing miracles will never bring a man to heaven if he does not have grace.
Simon Magus was taken aback by the miracles (cf.
They did not have many good works to plead: they could not claim to have performed numerous gracious acts of piety and charity; one such act would have been preferable to a large number of wonderful works that were of no avail while they continued to disobey.
It is Bethel that gives them confidence (Jer.
3:11), and they proclaim that they are the Lord’s temple (cf.
He who is the Law-Maker (see Matt.
7:23), and he will overrule the plea, and he will overrule it publicly; he will profess to them with all possible solemnity, as the sentence is passed by the Judge, I never knew you, and therefore depart from me you who do evil.
It is conceivable for persons to gain a great reputation for piety while yet being workers of wickedness, and those who do so will suffer the most severe punishment imaginable from Allah.
Men’s pretensions, no matter how fanciful, are rendered moot if they are shown to be living in knowing sin.
The Lord’s knowledge of them, as he knows those who are his, if he ever knew them as his own, if he ever owned them as his own, and if he ever loved them as his own, then he would have known them, and owned them, and loved them, until the end; but, as he always knew them to be hypocrites and rotten at the core, as he did Judas, he says, “Depart from me.” Is it necessary for Christ to have such guests?
Sinners were drawn to Christ when He appeared in the flesh (cf.
To turn away from Christ is to enter the deepest depths of hell; it is the source of all the agony endured by the damned, since it means being cut off from any prospect of benefit from Christ and his intercession for them.
See from what a height of optimism mankind may descend into the abyss of anguish!
All Christians should take note of this as a wake-up call to action.
And if we are such, we will very surely be discovered to be such.
Finally, Christ died in order to make the kingdom of heaven available to all repentant and obedient Christians.
In contrast, Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount that a professed religious belief will not protect a person from engaging in sinful behavior or indulgent in sinful behavior.
As a result, as God’s children, we should confess our faults and, by His Grace, carry out the Father’s purpose to the glory of God. Let us pray this wonderful verse with a repentant and obedient heart, imploring our Lord Jesus to keep us in his thoughts: