by Dr. Charles Stanley
December 1. 2006
The thief on the cross—condemned by both God and man—was just hours away from death. But before he took his last breath, something glorious occurred. The criminal, in the very process of dying, was rescued by Jesus right in front of the mocking crowd. The thief’s name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and all of heaven rejoiced. Jesus promised him a place in paradise in the presence of God.
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But what evidence do we have that his deathbed conversion was real? First, there’s his change in behavior. Initially, both thieves hurled insults and blasphemies against Jesus. In a total turnaround, the redeemed robber later chastised the first man for his words. (v. 40)
Second, the thief’s admission of guilt is evidence of his conversion. He publicly acknowledged being justly punished for his wicked deeds. (v. 41)
The third piece of evidence is the robber’s expression of faith in the Lord. The man called Jesus by name, acknowledged He was a king with a kingdom, believed there was life after death, and asked Jesus to rescue him.
The final evidence of his deathbed conversion is Jesus’ promise to the thief. The Lord told him in Luke 23:43, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in
Every one of us is just a heartbeat away from dying. It’s a sobering thought that should lead you to examine your life. Are you part of God’s family? Are you living to please Him?
God’s ways are always perfect, and following them leads to fulfillment and success. One of life’s undeniable truths is that your choices will ultimately determine your future. While you can decide for yourself what career field to enter or who to marry, nothing compares with seeking God first and relying on the wonderful principles of His Word. In this series, Dr. Stanley teaches that as you serve God and seek His ways, you’ll be blessed with peace, wisdom, and guidance for the journey ahead. Order here now!