Excerpt from: That Moment In Time
39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!”
40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”
43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
Nothing religious was done by the thief. He merely
(1) confessed his sinfulness, and
(2) acknowledged Jesus as “the Christ”.
And on the basis of that alone – Jesus Himself said,
“Truly I say to you,
shall be with Me
in Paradise.” 1
In that moment in time, that thief became totally acceptable to God and was welcomed into His Kingdom. He did not “do” anything. He confessed and acknowledged.
THIS is what happens in that moment when one accepts Christ as Lord.
is in Christ,
he is a new creature;
the old things passed away;
new things have come.
– 2 Corinthians 5:17
I thank God every day that He brought me up, out of the miry clay. I am sure as Hell that you have seen the miry clay, the sins. Have you, sure as Heaven, personally experienced the mind-bending, clean-up, brand new making power of Jesus – Creator God?
- Understand better how the thief, and all of us, see Him “immediately” at death by reading more about “Time as it really is“.