33 When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” They drew lots as a way of dividing up his clothing.
35 The people were standing around watching, but the leaders sneered at him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save himself if he really is the Christ sent from God, the chosen one.”
36 The soldiers also mocked him. They came up to him, offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you really are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” 38 Above his head was a notice of the formal charge against him. It read “This is the king of the Jews.”
39 One of the criminals hanging next to Jesus insulted him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
40 Responding, the other criminal spoke harshly to him, “Don’t you fear God, seeing that you’ve also been sentenced to die? 41 We are rightly condemned, for we are receiving the appropriate sentence for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus replied, “I assure you that today you will be with me in paradise.”
44 It was now about noon, and darkness covered the whole earth until about three o’clock, 45 while the sun stopped shining. Then the curtain in the sanctuary tore down the middle.
Common English Bible. (2011). (Lk 23:33–45). Nashville, TN: Common English Bible.
This was the daily lectionary reading for the day, along with an excellent devotion on, " Please Lord, Remember Me. " It brought out the importance of honesty and humility in the presence of the Lord. Especially when pride and arrogance so often only leads to ruin in the long run. Despite its temporary seeming success.
Those who are filled with pride or arrogance. Ruling the day and seemingly in good fortune. Can be the humbled and stumbling in a few moments notice, so store up for your treasures in love, grace and humility. Not trusting in those easily carnal traits of arrogance, pride and selfishness. Share a little love today. Amen.
Reverend Patrick Vossen,