"One of the criminals hanging beside [Jesus] scoffed, 'So You're the Messiah, are You? Prove it by saving Yourself -- and us, too, while You're at it!' But the other criminal protested, 'Don't you fear God even when you are dying? We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn't done anything wrong.' Then he said, 'Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom.' And Jesus replied, 'I assure you, today you will be with Me in Paradise'." (Luke 23:39-43 NLT)
Amidst all the people at the crucifixion scene there is one person with whom all of us can identify. We can all relate to the crucified crook. All of us hang on the cross beside Jesus. All of us have made the most imaginable request. And all of us who are in the body of Christ have received the most unimaginable and immeasurable gift that we could ever receive -- salvation!
-- Max Lucado