Today Shalt Thou be with Me in Paradise (2 of 7) Luke 23: 39-43 Last week we began our study of the seven sayings of Jesus upon the cross with the first of those, a prayer of forgiveness offered to God the Father. Stephen cries out “Jesus, recieve my spirit” (so it’s *with you*). And if we look at the end of the book of Revelation we find that the tree of life is in the heavenly city of God. The second place the word "Paradise" is found is in Revelation 2:7. He was duly executed. 18, 19. The comma, for example, was introduced as late as the ninth century; before that, short pauses were sometimes indicated by means of a point on the line ( . They still feel, deep down, that they have some rights before God. The promise would be without delay. But notice the other thief: this one is the one Luke wants us to be like. Remember, punctuation was not used in the inspired Greek that Luke wrote. We must say with the thief: "This man has done nothing wrong." What did Jesus mean when He said, âToday you will be with me in paradiseâ? Everest and demand that it flatten out so the ant can walk across. '” (Luke 23:42-43). Today the Spirit of Jesus and the renewed spirit of the thief would be in union in Paradise. It is God’s plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory. But, it's only a matter of convenience to him: he'll take anybody as king who can get him off the cross. But, the idea that the “righteous” would go to paradise was already an established Jewish thought. ", But in all this, the one thing that Jesus chose to mention to the repentant thief on the cross (if you can only say one thing, what do you say? Jesus did not say, "Today shall ye be with me in paradise", but "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise." Finding it so used, the LXX. God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ by Stephen Wellum. If the comma is simply deleted after “you” and instead inserted after “today,” the meaning changes significantly—and agrees with the rest of the Bible. But it matters a lot to Jesus if we think his life was good or bad. Introduction: Two Thieves, Two Different Perspectives. You have to love and admire Jesus a lot for that to be a solace when you leave this life behind. The penitent thief gave it up. Now what motive does Jesus give us to follow in the steps of the penitent thief? And finally, the penitent thief does one more thing. (Luke 23:43) "And I know that this man -- whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows -- was caught up to paradise. New American Standard Bible And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise… By using the word "today," Jesus was stressing the time of His promise—not the time He would be in Paradise. This was almost too good. And then, sixth, the thief goes a step further and acknowledges that indeed, Jesus is a king. Both see Jesus, the sign over his head ("King of the Jews," v. 38); they hear the words from his mouth ("Father forgive them," v. 34). —We have first to consider the word, then the thought expressed by it. "Jesus, remember when you come into your kingdom." and "Save me!". God’s word restores the soul, comforts the afflicted, emboldens the weak, and corrects the sinner, but only as we really read and hear it. If, as Jesus promised, the man would be with Him in paradise that very day, this obviously implies conscious personal existence after death. “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43) Besides acknowledging Jesus as Lord, in the short time that he encountered Jesus and died with him on Mount Calvary, how else did Dismas do the will of the Father? In Revelation 22:1 John said, "Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. BULLETINS; ISAIAH. (2 Corinthians 12:3-4) "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. “I Tell You The Truth, Today You Will Be with Me In Paradise.” Text: Luke 23:43 As we come to the second “words of the cross,” we find ourselves listening to a deathbed conversation between three dying men. ", John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. This criminal received a place with Christ. Jesus didn’t die and go to the Netherworld of Sheol; he inhabits paradise. He could only see Jesus as a possible power by which to escape the cross. It reminds me of that great spiritual, "When I come to die, give me Jesus . And all of us want to be saved from death one way or the other. View Larger Image ; Stumper Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses, #31. Today the Spirit of Jesus and the renewed spirit of the thief would be in union in Paradise. This was almost too good. The thief had no spirit of brokenness, or guilt, or penitence, or humility. The word is found in two other places in the New Testament. "Why doesn't he come down off his helpless perch on the cross and do something?" Jesus said: “Truly I tell you today, You will be with me in Paradise.” Note that Jesus did not say where that Paradise would be. "If you're such a good jack, jack me up out of this sickness, out of this financial mess, out of this lousy job, out of this crummy marriage.". Explore free resources providing a Biblical perspective on faith and work. And Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” This sentence spoken in painful gasps holds true a promise for all who choose to believe in their hearts. He was here and laid open before the God he feared and there was no way to hide his guilt. "Today you will be with me in paradise." Paying attention to what the early church prayed for can help keep your prayer life from falling into a rut. Now he pleads for help. Part of His reply, "Assuredly I say to you today" was a "common Hebrew idiom... which is constantly used for very solemn emphasis" (he Companion Bible, Appendix 173, p. 192). First, he is not sucked in by the other fellow's railing. And both of these thieves want desperately to be saved from death. Save yourself and us!" Fourth, not only did he admit to wrong and guilt, he accepted his punishment as deserved. By moving the comma over, it changes the meaning of Jesus’ words so that He is not promising that the man would be in paradise that very day. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (43) To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. More insights from your Bible study - Get Started with Logos Bible Software for Free! He is not only good, he is powerful, and one day he will vindicate his great name, and every knee will bow and confess that Jesus is Lord—to the glory of God, the Father. It's a hopeless tack, anyway, before an all-knowing God! And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise—whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know; God knows—and he heard things which cannot be told, which man may not utter. . And He said to him, Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk 23:42-43) 1) Who was the Good Thief that came to Our Lord’s defense upon the cross and was given the gift of eternal life? Jesus uses the phrase “Truly I say to you, …” over 50 times in the Bible. The first thing the repentant thief does is not get deceived by all this talk. As such it meets us often in Xenophon’s Anabasis (i. Most of us have all these things in common with these two thieves: there has been, is, or will be suffering in our lives. DANIEL; EZEKIEL; WT REVIEW. Why this gospel on this day? 43 Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." Just another patsy to serve his own worldly purposes. ", Thus, Paradise is the heavenly abode of God where there are found things prepared by God for those who love him, which are utterly indescribable (1 Corinthians 2:9). This man only speaks the truth. You can have all this world, give me Jesus. Why is the … 42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Both are suffering the pain of crucifixion. COMMENTARY. Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise ’” (verses 42-43). We do not think the same or act the same because we serve a different Master. It was of set and deliberate purpose that the authorities crucified Jesus between two known criminals. This morning we have come to the second of those gracious and powerful sayings, with a promise to humanity. Paul says “..absent from the body, present with Christ”. Jesus provided it, telling the man, "Assuredly, I say to you today, you will be with Me in Paradise." 2) "Jesus, remember when you come into your kingdom!" "If you are king, then get me out of this mess." . [ a ] ” ( C ) 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Christians are unavoidably out of step with this world. “And he said, Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom. It is a matter of total indifference to him that he is suffering "the due reward of his deeds." Notice first how similar they are. "Remember me when you come into your kingdom." But to the penitent Jesus says: "Today you will be with me in Paradise." I know people right now who are in trouble. ): "You will be with me today." The word "paradise" is used three times in the New Testament (ESV). The comma should follow it: "Verily I say unto thee today, shalt thou be with me in paradise." 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise. Each time it refers to heaven or being in the presence of the Lord. (Luke 23:43) "And I know that this man -- whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows -- was caught up to paradise. This page last updated: February 13, 2020. Please notice that this criminal was not saved from or spared his earthly punishment. But this penitent thief did become like Job in the last minutes of his life—he took his suffering without complaint, and feared God. God was his creator, and he knew that a pot can't take up arms against the potter and come away victorious. Jesus says “…today you’ll be *with me* in paradise”. No hope. First, in 2 Corinthians 12:3 Paul says, "I know a man in Christ, who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know; God knows. The first thief says, "Are you not the Christ? And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43 Today, we encounter the so-called “Second Word of Jesus” from the cross. In the early Christian centuries, New Testament (NT) manuscripts were written without separation between words and sentences; little or no punctuation was used to indicate how the text should be read. He had no desire to save face any more; he had no more will to assert himself. Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise. JW NEWS; CHILD ABUSE; MAILBAG. Have you ever listened to two people describe an … The presupposition behind the two possibilities is in the claim that the … 2) Or we can acknowledge that we are sinners and don't deserve any good thing, and cry out for mercy and help in our time of desperation. But no promise. "But he rebuked him saying, 'Do you not fear God?"' Was Jesus saying, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me...” (meaning that “today” is when the thief would be in paradise)? First, Jesus told the thief on the cross, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43). The world is full of those who rail against God in their self-righteousness and presume that the creator of the universe is obliged to make their life smooth. But we have a few pointed questions to answer: Christ’s promise to the thief on the cross was “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Then you get it out, let it do the dirty work, and put it away again. That's the way one whole segment of humans relates to God in suffering. Truly I tell you today – you will be with me in paradise. A car-jack is a dirty, useless thing to be kept out of sight in the trunk until you have a flat tire (a little suffering). There is an infinite qualitative difference between "Save me!" To him right and wrong, praise and blame, good and bad are of no interest: his one objective is to save his earthly skin. What a picture of a spiritually destitute, worldly man. Today we move on to the second statement from the cross. That way, the verse reads: “And he [Jesus] said to him [the criminal], ‘Truly, I say to you today, you will be with me in Paradise.’” Thus Jesus did not say the criminal would be in Paradise that day, but rather made the point that today he was saying the criminal would be in Paradise in the future. For those who have eyes to see, he has a power here on the cross—a power of love that makes him king over all his tormentors. So why not try God? There would not even be a delay. Both thieves wanted to be saved from death. “Today you will be with me in paradise.” Why is that the promise given us on this Sunday, the last Sunday of the Church’s year? It was added into the Greek and English centuries later by men. He is author of. He did not see him as a king to be followed. ), while full stops were indicated by a high point ( ˙ ). Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. But O how differently they sought their salvation: 1) "Are you not the Christ? We’re on a mission to change that. \@The notion of soul-sleep was refuted,\@ for the clear implication of the entire incident is that the redeemed thief would be in conscious fellowship with his Saviour in paradise even while his body disintegrated in some grave. I think Luke records this text for us about the two thieves to teach us that there is great reward for responding to suffering like the first sort of person. 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