Paul writes in Romans 3:10, “There is no one who always does what is right, not even one.” And he adds, “All have sinned and are not good enough for God’s glory.” Then how do you go to heaven?
The two criminals being crucified with Jesus mocked him. But Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, because they don’t know what they are doing.” Then one thief began to defend Jesus saying, “We are punished justly, getting what we deserve, but this man has done nothing wrong.” The core of the gospel in one sentence—through the mouth of a crook. Then the thief asks, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
What right does he have to beg for forgiveness? The same right you have. We, like the thief, hear the voice of grace. Today you will be with me in my kingdom.
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