One of the criminals ... railed at him,
who were hanged
“Are you not the Christ?
But the other rebuked him,
“Do you not fear God,
since you are under the same sentence
And we indeed justly,
for we are receiving the due reward
of our deeds;
Reference or Objective
but this man has done nothing wrong.”
Plea for Remembrance
And he said,
“Jesus, remember me
when you come
into your kingdom.”
Promise of Paradise
And he said
“Truly, I say
you will be
I left "railed at" together, since this is a translation of one Greek word. Also, even in English, it must be a phrasal verb: you can't simply "rail" when there is a direct object; you must "rail at " someone.
FB Live notes (April 2/21): INTRODUCTION This passage is just one small portion of Luke's narrative of Christ's crucifixion, but I've isolated it since it talks about the two criminals crucified with him. This paragraph follows 32-38, where the rulers and soldiers mock him after he is crucified with the two criminals. STRUCTURE I noticed that 39-41 contain one criminal speaking to Jesus and the other criminal speaking to the first, and then 42-43 contain the second criminal speaking to Jesus, and Jesus' response. So you have two people speaking to Jesus, followed by two responses. But also, in the middle are the words of the second criminal, both to the first and to Jesus, providing a focus for the passage. Verse 43 contains two of the most wonderful prepositional phrases in Scripture: "with me" and "in Paradise." Phil 1:23 and John 17:24 help us see this better: to be with Christ is "far better"; it involves seeing his "glory." And the same Greek word translated "paradise" appears in the LXX in Genesis 3, to refer to the garden of Eden. Paul was caught up "into paradise," and Jesus promises to give fruit from the tree of life, "which is in the paradise of God," to the one who conquers. DETAILS The focus of the first criminal is on salvation of physical life: "Save yourself and us " (39e-f). But the second criminal acknowledges his sin (40), and asks for salvation of his soul (42). The first is unrepentant, the second is repentant. The first has no faith, the second has faith. APPLICATIONS Head How do you view yourself - a sinner, justly condemned? How do you view Jesus - as righteous, suffering not for himself? As the King who will reign forever? Heart Rejoice in the contrast between our deserts and our experience. Rejoice in the way of salvation, available to all - not limited to those who can do anything "for" God. Rejoice in your certain future of being with Jesus in paradise. Hands Look away from yourself and to Jesus for salvation, for hope, for security. Rest on his word of promise. QUESTIONS How do you set aside time to meditate on Scripture? Morning, evening, lunchtime? What do you when you meditate? Study Bible? Journal? Memorization? Lots of thinking?
23 n I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is o to depart and p be with Christ , for that is far better .
24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be e with me f where I am, g to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me h before the foundation of the world.
23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden s to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the t cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
2 Corinthians 12:3-4
3 And I know that this man was caught up into c paradise —whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, b God knows— 4 and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.
7 p He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. q To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of r the tree of life, which is in s the paradise of God .’