. For those who have eyes to see, he has a power here on the cross—a power of love that makes him king over all his tormentors. It was added into the Greek and English centuries later by men. There is an infinite qualitative difference between "Save me!" It didn't make any difference to the first thief if Jesus was right or wrong. Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise ’” (verses 42-43). He could only see Jesus as a possible power by which to escape the cross. Commas help us keep the original phrasing intact. As such it meets us often in Xenophon’s Anabasis (i. "Today you will be with me in paradise." This is the real test of humility before God. Most of us have all these things in common with these two thieves: there has been, is, or will be suffering in our lives. [ a ] ” ( C ) 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” BULLETINS; ISAIAH. It was of set and deliberate purpose that the authorities crucified Jesus between two known criminals. And this anger reveals that they do not really feel undeserving before God. 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. Today the Spirit of Jesus and the renewed spirit of the thief would be in union in Paradise. Finding it so used, the LXX. Most of us have seen Jesus on the cross and have heard his claim to kingship and his gracious words of forgiveness. Jesus uses the phrase “Truly I say to you, …” over 50 times in the Bible. What a picture of a spiritually destitute, worldly man. The word "paradise" is used three times in the New Testament (ESV). Even though he is suffering now, Jesus has the mark of a king. The word is found in two other places in the New Testament. He was duly executed. Then you get it out, let it do the dirty work, and put it away again. 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Nevertheless, Jesus had set him free. It is a matter of total indifference to him that he is suffering "the due reward of his deeds." Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?… Features Pricing Upload Sermon Get started for FREE. 2, § 7; 4, § 9, et al.). And finally, the penitent thief does one more thing. 2) "Jesus, remember when you come into your kingdom!" 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. \@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. That way, the verse reads: “And he [Jesus] said to him [the criminal], ‘Truly, I say to you today, you will be with me in Paradise.’” Thus Jesus did not say the criminal would be in Paradise that day, but rather made the point that today he was saying the criminal would be in Paradise in the future. "Why doesn't he come down off his helpless perch on the cross and do something?" This was almost too good. - 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 … Jesus’ response was, “Today you will be with me in Paradise”. The former first appears as a Persian word applied to land enclosed as a park or garden for a king or satrap. COMMENTARY. And He said to him, 'Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise. and "Save me!". 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. New American Standard Bible And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise… The second place the word "Paradise" is found is in Revelation 2:7. Everest and demand that it flatten out so the ant can walk across. You have to love and admire Jesus a lot for that to be a solace when you leave this life behind. Stephen cries out “Jesus, recieve my spirit” (so it’s *with you*). There is a fearful silence toward the railing thief: not a word recorded of Jesus to him. Now what motive does Jesus give us to follow in the steps of the penitent thief? View Larger Image ; Stumper Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses, #31. 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. First, let us consider whether that evildoer met the qualifications for heavenly life. 43 Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." 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. 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 he rebuked him saying, 'Do you not fear God?"' Though no NT autograph has survived, most likely originally Luke 23:43 had no punctuation of any kin… I know people right now who are in trouble. Save yourself and us!" Today we move on to the second statement from the cross. Remember, punctuation was not used in the inspired Greek that Luke wrote. "If you're such a good jack, jack me down off this cross, Jesus." But it matters a lot to Jesus if we think his life was good or bad. Is it different than Heaven? DANIEL; EZEKIEL; WT REVIEW. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. There would not even be a delay. And both of these thieves want desperately to be saved from death. This was almost too good. We must say with the thief: "This man has done nothing wrong." It never entered his mind that he should say he was sorry and should change. This man only does what is good. Each time it refers to heaven or being in the presence of the Lord. Many will mouth the confession of sin: "God be merciful to us miserable sinners," but when some trouble comes, they get angry at him. (2 Corinthians 12:3-4) "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. "If you are king, then get me out of this mess." Save yourself and us!" He had no desire to save face any more; he had no more will to assert himself. And He said to him, Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk 23:42-43) 1) Who was the Good Thief that came to Our Lord’s defense upon the cross and was given the gift of eternal life? Why did Jesus say “Father, forgive them” on the cross? Both are suffering the pain of crucifixion. Christians are unavoidably out of step with this world. "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.". (2 Corinthians 12:3-4) "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He is not only good, he is powerful, and one day he will vindicate his great name, and every knee will bow and confess that Jesus is Lord—to the glory of God, the Father. Today, you will stand with me as we fight racism, and classism, and homophobia, and hunger, and discrimination, and homelessness, and poverty… Today the systems of injustice are made just and powers and principalities are overturned to rid the world of corruption and darkness... Today… truly… you will be with me in Paradise ” Explore free resources providing a Biblical perspective on faith and work. Translators may insert a comma according to what they think that Jesus meant, and you can find either rendering in common Bible versions. 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. Part of His reply, "Assuredly I say to you today" was a "common Hebrew idiom... which is constantly used for very solemn emphasis" (he Companion Bible, Appendix 173, p. 192). Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. By using the word "today," Jesus was stressing the time of His promise—not the time He would be in Paradise. Jesus does not want to drive a get-away car; he wants to be followed because we admire him. To him right and wrong, praise and blame, good and bad are of no interest: his one objective is to save his earthly skin. Fifth, the thief acknowledged Jesus' righteousness: "This man had done nothing wrong." If he could drive the get-away car—that's all that mattered. JW NEWS; CHILD ABUSE; MAILBAG. BROADCASTS; Search for: Truly I tell you today – you will be with me in paradise. 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 ( . He said to him, "This is the truth--I tell you--today you will be with me in Paradise." He did not see him as a king to be followed. 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. And Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” This sentence spoken in painful gasps holds true a promise for all who choose to believe in their hearts. Jesus provided it, telling the man, "Assuredly, I say to you today, you will be with Me in Paradise." He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell." And all of us want to be saved from death one way or the other. The presupposition behind the two possibilities is in the claim that the … It's a hopeless tack, anyway, before an all-knowing God! And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." And then, sixth, the thief goes a step further and acknowledges that indeed, Jesus is a king. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Or was he saying, “I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise”? 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise. Both are guilty of crime ("We are receiving the due reward of our deeds," v. 41). It was deliberately so staged to humiliate Jesus in front of the crowd and to rank him with robbers. Stephen, the martyr, prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59). Here Jesus says to the church at Ephesus, "To him who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God." 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. The penitent thief gave it up. The thief had no spirit of brokenness, or guilt, or penitence, or humility. He was here and laid open before the God he feared and there was no way to hide his guilt. 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. 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. It is one of the most astounding, unsettling, and encouraging verses in all of Scripture. The first thing the repentant thief does is not get deceived by all this talk. Today the Spirit of Jesus and the renewed spirit of the thief would be in union in Paradise. —We have first to consider the word, then the thought expressed by it. 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. 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. There would not even be a delay. But this penitent thief did become like Job in the last minutes of his life—he took his suffering without complaint, and feared God. The comma should follow it: "Verily I say unto thee today, shalt thou be with me in paradise." But, it's only a matter of convenience to him: he'll take anybody as king who can get him off the cross. “And he said, Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom. It is fitting that creatures bow in submission before their creator and subject all their life to his wisdom. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell." The promise would be without delay. Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise (Σημερον μετ εμου εσηι εν τωι παραδεισωι — Sēmeron met' emou esēi en tōi paradeisōi). (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. 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. From Luke 23:42, the thief on the cross asked, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (ESV). 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? But O how differently they sought their salvation: 1) "Are you not the Christ? "Remember me when you come into your kingdom." ", 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). 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)? Third, the penitent thief admitted that he had done wrong: "We are receiving the due reward of our deeds" (v. 41). But no promise. Introduction: Two Thieves, Two Different Perspectives. And none of us will be able to say: "I do not deserve this." Jesus says “…today you’ll be *with me* in paradise”. This page last updated: February 13, 2020. But then the ways divide between these two thieves and between two categories of people. Suffering interrupts their private, worldly goals and pleasures. "Why a village slaughtered in El Salvador?" And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43 Today, we encounter the so-called “Second Word of Jesus” from the cross. Why this gospel on this day? Why did Jesus say, “Into your hands I commit my spirit,” on the cross. (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. God was his creator, and he knew that a pot can't take up arms against the potter and come away victorious. ), while full stops were indicated by a high point ( ˙ ). "We are under the sentence of condemnation justly." God’s word restores the soul, comforts the afflicted, emboldens the weak, and corrects the sinner, but only as we really read and hear it. They still feel, deep down, that they have some rights before God. The two thieves represent these two ways of responding to suffering and relating to Christ in suffering. 18, 19. . In the early Christian centuries, New Testament (NT) manuscripts were written without separation between words and sentences; little or no punctuation was used to indicate how the text should be read. Fourth, not only did he admit to wrong and guilt, he accepted his punishment as deserved. It's the old car-jack theology. 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. What is paradise? But to the penitent Jesus says: "Today you will be with me in Paradise." Did Jesus mean, then, that the evildoer would join him in heaven? Paying attention to what the early church prayed for can help keep your prayer life from falling into a rut. "Why sixteen miners buried in a cave?" 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?" ): "You will be with me today." "Today you will be with me in paradise." Just another patsy to serve his own worldly purposes. Jesus said: “Truly I tell you today, You will be with me in Paradise.” Note that Jesus did not say where that Paradise would be. "Jesus, remember when you come into your kingdom." How can we reason on what Jesus must have meant? We’re on a mission to change that. Used by workplace Christians, pastors and scholars. ", John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He did not pray, “Lord Jesus, send me to the grave to sleep until the resurrection of the just and unjust”. What did Jesus mean when He said, “Today you will be with me in paradise”? That's the way one whole segment of humans relates to God in suffering. 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). However crude may have been the … This criminal received a place with Christ. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (43) To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Now he pleads for help. But we have a few pointed questions to answer: Christ’s promise to the thief on the cross was “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). There are not many people like Job, who, when he lost everything, said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb and naked shall I return; the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." He is author of. We do not think the same or act the same because we serve a different Master. “And he said to him: ‘Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise,’” (Luke 23:43 NWT). But to the penitent Jesus says: "Today you will be with me in Paradise." '” (Luke 23:42-43). But notice the other thief: this one is the one Luke wants us to be like. “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. Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise. Both thieves wanted to be saved from death. First, he is not sucked in by the other fellow's railing. But, the idea that the “righteous” would go to paradise was already an established Jewish thought. More insights from your Bible study - Get Started with Logos Bible Software for Free! Notice first how similar they are. 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