A friend recently asked me who my favorite character in the Bible is. No one immediately leaped into my mind as an answer. Then I mentioned the Holy Ghost. My friend replied, “Yeah, well, other than the trinity.” So I thought for a few more moments. Then I replied that the second thief who was crucified alongside Christ is my favorite Bible character.
This story is near the end of the gospel of Luke. Two thieves were crucified with Christ Jesus. The first thief mocked Jesus and wanted to know if Jesus really was who He claimed to be then why didn’t He save all three of them. The second thief rebuked the first. The second thief remarked that they were getting what their deeds deserved but that Christ had done nothing wrong. Then he said one brave and beautiful line, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Christ said to him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
This story is wonderful to me because I often feel like it’s an accurate representation of my own faith in Jesus. I’ve had the courage to say, Remember me. Wholeheartedly I believe salvation is a gift. It’s easy to lose sight of this revelation within the 66 books of the Holy Bible if one focuses on commandments and rules or regulations. Honestly, in a very real way, I’ve only ever made one good decision in my lifetime. I looked up to Jesus and said remember me.