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And then, sixth, the thief goes a step further and acknowledges that indeed, Jesus is a king. "Jesus, remember when you come into your kingdom." “And he said, Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom. Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise (Σημερον μετ εμου εσηι εν τωι παραδεισωι — Sēmeron met' emou esēi en tōi paradeisōi). And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." But then the ways divide between these two thieves and between two categories of people. It is fitting that creatures bow in submission before their creator and subject all their life to his wisdom. [ a ] ” ( C ) 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” This morning we have come to the second of those gracious and powerful sayings, with a promise to humanity. It reminds me of that great spiritual, "When I come to die, give me Jesus . Today we move on to the second statement from the cross. Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for God’s people. '” (Luke 23:42-43). Both see Jesus, the sign over his head ("King of the Jews," v. 38); they hear the words from his mouth ("Father forgive them," v. 34). Remember, punctuation was not used in the inspired Greek that Luke wrote. He was here and laid open before the God he feared and there was no way to hide his guilt. JW NEWS; CHILD ABUSE; MAILBAG. Then you get it out, let it do the dirty work, and put it away again. Paying attention to what the early church prayed for can help keep your prayer life from falling into a rut. ", John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. ", Thus, Paradise is the heavenly abode of God where there are found things prepared by God for those who love him, which are utterly indescribable (1 Corinthians 2:9). "Today you will be with me in paradise." He fears God, admits wrong, accepts justice, acknowledges the goodness and power of Jesus. But this penitent thief did become like Job in the last minutes of his life—he took his suffering without complaint, and feared God. Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise ’” (verses 42-43). “And he said to him: ‘Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise,’” (Luke 23:43 NWT). "If you're such a good jack, jack me down off this cross, Jesus." The world is full of those who rail against God in their self-righteousness and presume that the creator of the universe is obliged to make their life smooth. He could only see Jesus as a possible power by which to escape the cross. "But he rebuked him saying, 'Do you not fear God?"' He had no desire to save face any more; he had no more will to assert himself. But it matters a lot to Jesus if we think his life was good or bad. Translators may insert a comma according to what they think that Jesus meant, and you can find either rendering in common Bible versions. The first thing the repentant thief does is not get deceived by all this talk. On the other hand, the alternative punctuation (“Truly I say to you today, you will be with me in Paradise”) has been endorsed as free from such problems since it is not stated when they would be in Paradise. (2 Corinthians 12:3-4) "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. It was of set and deliberate purpose that the authorities crucified Jesus between two known criminals. (2 Corinthians 12:3-4) "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him right and wrong, praise and blame, good and bad are of no interest: his one objective is to save his earthly skin. Or was he saying, “I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise”? \@The notion of soul-sleep was refuted,\@ for the clear implication of the entire incident is that the redeemed thief would be in conscious fellowship with his Saviour in paradise even while his body disintegrated in some grave. Jesus didn’t die and go to the Netherworld of Sheol; he inhabits paradise. . - Luke 23:32-43 Yesterday we read that as they led Jesus away to be crucified, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they … "Today you will be with me in paradise." It never entered his mind that he should say he was sorry and should change. Both are guilty of crime ("We are receiving the due reward of our deeds," v. 41). Nevertheless, Jesus had set him free. If the comma is simply deleted after “you” and instead inserted after “today,” the meaning changes significantly—and agrees with the rest of the Bible. Luke 23:39-43 “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” What a wonderful and comforting scripture that is. "Why a village slaughtered in El Salvador?" It was added into the Greek and English centuries later by men. But O how differently they sought their salvation: 1) "Are you not the Christ? Today Shalt Thou be with Me in Paradise (2 of 7) Luke 23: 39-43 Last week we began our study of the seven sayings of Jesus upon the cross with the first of those, a prayer of forgiveness offered to God the Father. Suffering interrupts their private, worldly goals and pleasures. That promise is the hinge between the ending of this liturgical year and the beginning of the next. First, he is not sucked in by the other fellow's railing. This page last updated: February 13, 2020. There are two kinds of responses to our own personal suffering: 1) We can rail against God and say, "If you are such a great and powerful and loving God, why am I in this hellish mess?" There is an infinite qualitative difference between "Save me!" And if we are to follow his example, we will have to stand our ground and not be sucked in by the people all around us who say, "If your God is so great and loving, then why the 20 kids shot in Atlanta?" But, it's only a matter of convenience to him: he'll take anybody as king who can get him off the cross. 2) Or we can acknowledge that we are sinners and don't deserve any good thing, and cry out for mercy and help in our time of desperation. He might even believe Jesus is the Messiah, the King of the Jews. "Why doesn't he come down off his helpless perch on the cross and do something?" Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (43) To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. There would not even be a delay. Christians are unavoidably out of step with this world. It's a hopeless tack, anyway, before an all-knowing God! Commas help us keep the original phrasing intact. 18, 19. What did Jesus mean when He said, “Today you will be with me in paradise”? God was his creator, and he knew that a pot can't take up arms against the potter and come away victorious. "If you're such a good jack, jack me up out of this sickness, out of this financial mess, out of this lousy job, out of this crummy marriage.". He said to him, "This is the truth--I tell you--today you will be with me in Paradise." But to the penitent Jesus says: "Today you will be with me in Paradise." We’re on a mission to change that. No hope. He did not see him as a king to be followed. 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. How can we reason on what Jesus must have meant? Most of us have all these things in common with these two thieves: there has been, is, or will be suffering in our lives. and "Save me!". —We have first to consider the word, then the thought expressed by it. Save yourself and us!" And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." The second place the word "Paradise" is found is in Revelation 2:7. It is even more fitting that sinful creatures bow before God in holy fear, instead of railing against God as if a rebel ant should kick against the foothills of Mt. The promise would be without delay. Each time it refers to heaven or being in the presence of the Lord. So why not try God? The word is found in two other places in the New Testament. But to the penitent Jesus says: "Today you will be with me in Paradise." And both of these thieves want desperately to be saved from death. Perhaps a final pitying glance. Jesus provided it, telling the man, "Assuredly, I say to you today, you will be with Me in Paradise." They still feel, deep down, that they have some rights before God. You can have all this world, give me Jesus. Was Jesus saying, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me...” (meaning that “today” is when the thief would be in paradise)? Why this gospel on this day? The penitent thief gave it up. However crude may have been the … We will go back and read a few verses leading up to the second statement. (Luke 23:43) "And I know that this man -- whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows -- was caught up to paradise. And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise—whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know; God knows—and he heard things which cannot be told, which man may not utter. 2, § 7; 4, § 9, et al.). That's the way one whole segment of humans relates to God in suffering. Both thieves wanted to be saved from death. Save yourself and us!" It is a matter of total indifference to him that he is suffering "the due reward of his deeds." Jesus says “…today you’ll be *with me* in paradise”. If he could drive the get-away car—that's all that mattered. And if we look at the end of the book of Revelation we find that the tree of life is in the heavenly city of God. Both are suffering the pain of crucifixion. The comma, for example, was introduced as late as the ninth century; before that, short pauses were sometimes indicated by means of a point on the line ( . By moving the comma over, it changes the meaning of Jesus’ words so that He is not promising that the man would be in paradise that very day. BROADCASTS; Search for: Truly I tell you today – you will be with me in paradise. The thief had no spirit of brokenness, or guilt, or penitence, or humility. Used by workplace Christians, pastors and scholars. Notice first how similar they are. First, in 2 Corinthians 12:3 Paul says, "I know a man in Christ, who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know; God knows. Explore free resources providing a Biblical perspective on faith and work. I think Luke records this text for us about the two thieves to teach us that there is great reward for responding to suffering like the first sort of person. I know people right now who are in trouble. Why is the … COMMENTARY. Fourth, not only did he admit to wrong and guilt, he accepted his punishment as deserved. (Luke 23:43) "And I know that this man -- whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows -- was caught up to paradise. Jesus uses the phrase “Truly I say to you, …” over 50 times in the Bible. God was real to him. A car-jack is a dirty, useless thing to be kept out of sight in the trunk until you have a flat tire (a little suffering). God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ by Stephen Wellum. “I Tell You The Truth, Today You Will Be with Me In Paradise.” Text: Luke 23:43 As we come to the second “words of the cross,” we find ourselves listening to a deathbed conversation between three dying men. BULLETINS; ISAIAH. New American Standard Bible And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise… And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? What is paradise? As such it meets us often in Xenophon’s Anabasis (i. Third, the penitent thief admitted that he had done wrong: "We are receiving the due reward of our deeds" (v. 41). This was almost too good. Fifth, the thief acknowledged Jesus' righteousness: "This man had done nothing wrong." First, Jesus told the thief on the cross, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43). . Jesus’ response was, “Today you will be with me in Paradise”. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell." Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. There would not even be a delay. And He said to him, 'Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise. But there are only a few who own up to the fact that God owes us nothing, and that any good to come our way will be due to his mercy, not our merit. But instead of laying down their self-righteous defenses, they are devising every means to finagle and distort so as to appear innocent and cool. But, the idea that the “righteous” would go to paradise was already an established Jewish thought. The first thief says, "Are you not the Christ? It is one of the most astounding, unsettling, and encouraging verses in all of Scripture. 2) "Jesus, remember when you come into your kingdom!" 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