Luke 23: 39-43: When I looked out my window this morning towards the east, I saw three telephone poles with the sunrise in the background. It reminded me of Calvary. At first, I did not realize that they were telephone poles; it just looked like three crosses silhouetted by the sunrise. You know a vision of cavalry on Easter morning. I could not help but to think how majestic. Then I moved into a closer look and realized oh, these are just telephone poles. What I saw as the sun was rising, was a gift from God reminding me that he is there. Sometimes I need a bigger reminder. I started thinking about the two men that were hung with Jesus. How one received forgiveness in the last minutes of his life. He realized that he was a sinner and that he needed forgiveness. It is sad that it was the last hour of his life that he realized this. But then on the other hand, without this man requesting forgiveness on the cross; we would not be able to understand how much God loves us. This man had committed crimes so bad that his punishment was crucifixion. Yet Jesus tells him today you will be with me in paradise. The cross is our hope, our promise of salvation. With Salvation comes the Holy Spirit and the promise of strength for the day’s work and a promise of peace. It is not so much that we won’t have trouble, but when we do have trouble, God always shows us that he is there no matter how bad the circumstances look.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”