And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
I. CONSIDER THE PREVIOUS CHARACTER OF THIS MAN.
1. He was not a pagan, but a Jew — a believer in the true God.
2. A believer in future existence and retribution.
3. He had become a hardened wretch.
II. NOTICE HIS TRUE REPENTANCE. This is evidenced —
1. In his viewing sin in its relation to God.
2. In his acknowledgment of his own guilt.
3. In his reproving the conduct of the other robber, and his anxiety for his welfare.
III. HIS STRONG FAITH. He believed —
1. That Christ had a kingdom.
2. That He would hear requests.
3. That He would grant blessings.
IV. His PRAYER.
1. Short; but a single sentence.
2. Humble; he only asked to be remembered.
3. Reliant. Remember all my past bad life; but remember, too, that I am dying trusting in Thy grace.
4. Earnest. The petition of an awakened sinner on the brink of eternity.
5. It included all he needed.
V. CHRIST'S ANSWER. Conclusions:
1. If Christ heard prayer when passing through His awful suffering upon the cross, will He not hear now that He is exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour?
2. The conversion of this man shows how quickly Christ can save.
3. Salvation is all of grace, and not of works or merit.
4. Christ can not only justify and give us a title to heaven in a short time; He can also quickly sanctify and make us "meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light."
5. One robber was taken and the other left.
6. This is the only case of death-bed conversion recorded in the Bible.
(J. L. Campbell.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.