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The Seven Last Words 十架七言 - 2022.3.13

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

大齋期靈修 – 胡玉藩牧師

第二言:「我實在告訴你,今日你要同我在樂園裡了。」(路廿三 43)



從始祖犯罪一刻,上帝為人所預備的樂園經已失去(Paradise Lost);因著基督的被釘、代贖,我們這班罪人得以重獲這本已失去的樂園(Paradise Regain)。




Lenten Devotion – The Rev. Angus Wu

Second Word: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

If Jesus’ First Word is an intercession for sinners, His Second Word is a promise, a promise to sinners: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.

Jesus used this promise to respond to a sinner’s plea: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus views His crucifixion and His death as a prelude to “come into your kingdom”. Therefore He was certain to tell the criminal not tomorrow, not the future, or not an

uncertain day in the remote future, but: “today you will be with me in paradise.

From the moment our first ancestors sinned, the paradise that God has prepared for humankind was lost (Paradise Lost). Because of Jesus’ crucifixion, redemption, we the sinners can regain the paradise lost (Paradise Regain).

Brothers and sisters, what do we view as "paradise" today? Is it those theme parks that you have to pay a lofty entrance fees to enter? Is it our hard earned family home? Is it the career success that we painfully sought?

Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” This is not an empty, fake "comfort" to a dying sinner. This is God’s beloved Son’s promise and guarantee when He "comes into His kingdom."

Prayer: O Lord, help us to discern what is truly paradise in the presence of God. Amen.

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