What Jesus Did! 'Remember Me!' — Luke 23:40-43

Sunday, December 22, 2019

But the other criminal stopped him. He said, "You should fear God! All of us will die soon! You and I are guilty; we should be killed because we did wrong. But this man (Jesus) has done nothing wrong!" Then this criminal said to Jesus, "Jesus, remember me when you begin ruling as king!" Then Jesus said to him, "Listen! What I say is true: Today you will be with me in Paradise!"
— Luke 23:40-43 NLT
Illustration of Luke 23:40-43 NLT — "Listen! What I say is true: Today you will be with me in Paradise!"

Key Thought

Jesus had told his disciples "Remember me!" as they shared in the Lord's Supper. So for thousands of years, Christians the world over take the bread and fruit of the vine during the Lord's Supper and remember Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. Ironically, even while the thief is dying on a cross near Jesus, he confesses Jesus' innocence and then asks that Jesus "Remember me." So in the horror of his own crucifixion, Jesus offers this dying man a special moment of grace. Jesus reassures the dying criminal that he will share paradise with Jesus. Jesus will remember him! Jesus is faithful and he will not forget this man's request. Jesus will also remember our confessions of faith, deeds of kindness done in his name, and our faithfulness to the Father. "Remember me!" we cry out to the Lord; thankfully, we already know his answer!

Today's Prayer

Father, never ever let me outlive my faith in Jesus and my hope that is stirred every time I remember what he has done for me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 12:8
  • 2 Timothy 2:8-13
  • Hebrews 6:10


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.