A Short Study of Luke 23:43
“And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”
The thief on the Cross had nothing to offer Jesus, nothing to bribe Him with, no slick story with which he could deceive the Savior. He was, after all, a thief, a known criminal. A short time before, he had been joining in with the crowd in taunting Jesus.
But something changed, something wonderful!
The man who had despised Jesus, now was seeking His mercy. This truly was a work of the Holy Spirit.
This is what sinners seeking relief from their sin-burdens must do, throw themselves upon the mercy of Jesus. He knows us inside and out, our thoughts, motives, failures, etc. Jesus said, “He that cometh to me, I will in no wise (case) cast out” (John 6:37).
This is not only for those who are initially drawn to the Savior, but even for seasoned saints. The best of Jesus’ followers has a constant need of the Lord’s mercy. Let us follow the example of this suddenly-wise thief and run to the feet of Christ seeking mercy.
Come humble sinner, in whose breast a thousand thoughts revolve;
Come, with your guilt and fear oppressed, and make this last resolve.
“I’ll go to Jesus, tho’ my sin hath like a mountain rose;
I know His courts, I’ll enter in, whatever may oppose.
Prostrate I’ll lie before His throne, and there my guilt confess;
I’ll tell Him I’m a wretch undone, without His sovereign grace.
I’ll to the gracious King approach, whose scepter pardon gives;
Perhaps He may command my touch, and then the suppliant lives.”
He promises to hear my plea, He ever hears my prayers;
No sinner e’er was turned away, or ever perished there.
I shall not perish if I go, I am resolved to try;
For if I stay away I know I must forever die.