Even if we work hard to fight injustice and do the hard work of reconciliation, we are going to make bad choices and crazy, stupid mistakes. Life is chaotic and complicated, and no one can live it without sin. Some of us will even feel as guilty as the criminal on the cross, who said to his fellow lawbreaker, “We indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds” (v. 41).
With Jesus, however, we can trust God’s promise of forgiveness and eternal life. The criminal showed his trust by saying, “Jesus, remember me,” and Jesus rewarded this trust with the promise of Paradise.
- Luke 23:33 - 43