Thursday, June 11, 2009

"...when you come into your kingdom."

While reading Luke last night, I was struck by the request of the thief on the cross: "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."

Jesus was hanging on the cross, dying. Who expects a dying man to "come into" a kingdom? Those who have kingdoms relinquish them at death yet the robber, who had mocked Jesus just a bit before**, suddenly realized Jesus was no ordinary man. This man, Jesus, would gain a kingdom with his death. Curious, that.

Regardless of how the insight came to him, it took a great deal of faith to make that request to a dying "criminal."

God, I want to have faith like that thief.

*Luke 23:42
**Matthew 27:44

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