Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise {The Last Words of Jesus}

Which is harder for you, forgiving others or being forgiven? Why?


As I read Jesus’ words of Grace to the criminal dying next to Him, I am reminded of His forgiveness of ME. Am I that different from a thief, really? I steal God’s glory, I trade my own value and worth for a bowl of soup, I ignore the face of God in my brother.

All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. (Isaiah 53:6)

As I see and receive the grace and forgiveness of Jesus with the thief on the cross, I’m reminded that our Lord died the way He lived: With arms opened wide to the downcast, the sinners, the breaking and broken in this world.


I let my to do list, my social media, my overstuffed schedule, distract me from hurting people, from the business of God’s Kingdom. And here is Jesus, even as He suffers and dies, seeing the hurting ones around Him, responding in grace.


Lord Jesus, I see You. I see your arms open wide, and I hear your invitation to follow You in a life lived wide open, available to the hurt and hurting, even to death. Meet me here, Jesus, and change my heart to look more like yours.



Every day between now and Good Friday, come back here to find a devotional on one of the last statements of Jesus from the cross, as well as an invitation to slow down and meet Jesus at the foot of the cross.

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