Lindsay Roberts – Second of four parts
On the other side of Jesus was another thief who was also condemned to die. He said, “Oh Lord, on this day when You come into Your kingdom, remember me. Don’t forget about me. Remember me.”
There are four things about this man, this thief, that are important to know.
First, he called Jesus Lord. He recognized that Jesus Christ was Lord, that there was a God who sent His Son. His Name was Jesus, and He was Lord.
Second, he knew Jesus was a king because he said, “Remember me when you come into Your kingdom,” and only kings have kingdoms. So he not only recognized Jesus as Lord, but he recognized Him as a King.
Third, he recognized that Jesus had power to take somebody with Him. He said, “Remember me when you come into Your kingdom — not that You’re going to go there and just rule and reign by Yourself, but You’ve got the power to take me with You.”
Fourth, he knew that Jesus had the power to forgive sin. And this was a sinner, a thief condemned to die, who had done something so bad that he was going to die on his own cross next to Jesus.
I believe this thief was saying, “Lord, in a few hours they’re going to tear us apart, limb from limb. They are going to separate my soul from my very being. They’re going to tear me apart. We are being crucified, and we’re going to die. Lord, when You go into Your kingdom, I want You to “re-member” me. I want You to put those broken pieces back together. When You get to Your kingdom, I want You to take the parts of me that are going to be ripped apart, and I want You to re-member me. Put me back together again.”