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Just Ask!

In my mind, there are few images in scripture that better depict the majesty, compassion and condescendence of the Lord Jesus toward sinners than his interaction with the repentant thief as he hung on the Cross.
The thief asked: “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” Jesus said: “Verily [truly, of a certainty] I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:42-43).
The scriptures do not reveal the level of exposure this thief might have had to Jesus’ ministry the previous three years. But of these truths he was aware as he hung there next to Jesus: (1) He was in the presence of a King. (2) This King would conquer death to perpetuate his kingdom. (3) He desired to be part of that kingdom on the other side.
Over the last two thousand years, religions have set forth what they believe are the criteria upon which Jesus will admit sinners into heaven. Many religious formulas contain catechisms, rites, ordinances and other works without which they claim Jesus will exclude them.
But the simplicity of the gospel is abundantly clear. The dialogue between Jesus and the thief tells us in no uncertain terms what Jesus would have to say to any sinner desiring to be saved from his or her sins and spend eternity with Jesus in heaven: “Just ask!” Furthermore, we have this promise from Jesus: "And he that cometh to me i will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37).


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