Christ, hanging on the cross was laughed at by those saying, “He saved others: let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God”. Christ, being who he is, hung there, not making a move to save himself, but hanging there to save those laughing at him and the solders who were mocking him and offering him vinegar. The solders looking up at Jesus, saying if you’re the King of the Jews, go and save yourself as it was written above his head, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS”.
Satan was in full attack mode when Jesus was hanging for our lives.
I believe he (Satan) was using those around Jesus — the rulers, solders and one of the criminals that hung with him, which said, “If thou be Christ, save thyself and us” — to do his dirty work.
As we now know, wickedness and righteous hung with Jesus, the other man that hung there on the other side of Jesus rebuked the other with a rhetorical question, “Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?” and he went on saying that they were rightly accused and are getting what they deserved, “but this man” he says, “has done nothing wrong” and then he ask Jesus to remember him when Jesus arrived in his Kingdom! Jesus didn’t leave that man as if he was a mushroom, Jesus say’s, as I imagine Jesus’ blooding dripping eyes looking over at him, “Verily I say unto thee, Today you shall be with me in paradise”.
Oh how I would love to be with Jesus in Paradise. We can’t even imagine what it would be like there. But one day soon, it’ll be here on earth.
Here is a question I want to answer…
- What is this paradise Jesus is talking about?
Stay with me and let’s seek the truth together. As Peter says, I’ll will remind you of things you already know.