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7-3 Scripture



"Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."- Luke 23:42

Some of you may know where this verse in Scripture comes from. When Jesus is crucified, he is hung between two criminals. Right before dying, one of the criminals turns to Jesus and says "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."

It doesn’t seem like much, but this criminal is providing us a great and powerful example. Even though this criminal knows he is sinful and he has done something wrong, he reaches out to Jesus. He doesn’t ask for much, just to be remembered by Jesus.

When I was younger, my dad, a really cool football coach, who is still one of the holiest men I’ve ever met, used to tell us

“Jesus is like the quiet kid on the sidelines at gym class. You know the one, you’re not sure if you want to pick him to be on your team, and He won’t ever invite himself to join in, but when you invite him to play you end up finding out that he’s the best player out there and your team is unstoppable.”

My dad was teaching me a lesson in that analogy, we have to invite Jesus into our lives. Sometimes you may feel like you’re not worthy of a relationship with Jesus, like you’ve messed up too many times for Him to care. But, that’s not true. He’s standing there, waiting for you to invite Him in, to ask Him to remember you, so that He can make all the difference in your life.

That is exactly what the criminal next to Jesus on the cross teaches us. He had made some mistakes, but he called out, he invited Jesus into his life. He was courageous enough to ask Jesus to remember him, and just like the quiet kid in gym class, Jesus joined his team, and made all the difference when he replied back,

“Amen I say to you, for on this day you will be with me in paradise”.