INRI – Good News for November 21

21 11 2010

Luke 23:35-45

The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.” Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.” Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.”

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

The Daily Path: This is one of my favorite passages from the Good News. In the final moments of life, the condemned asks for salvation. Meanwhile, in unimaginable agony, the Savior choses to use his dwindling breath to offer forgiveness and the ultimate promise. Even to the end, Jesus leaves us yet another example. Truly, the Nazarean is King.

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