One of the criminals hanging next to Jesus insulted him: “Aren’t you the
Christ? Save yourself and us!”
Responding, the other criminal spoke harshly to him, “Don’t you fear God, seeing that you’ve also been sentenced to die? We are rightly condemned, for we are receiving the appropriate sentence for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus replied, “I assure you that today you will be with me in paradise.”
- Luke 23: 39-43
The conversation from the cross between three persons facing their own deaths ranged from denial to acceptance. We all do this when faced with grief… we want to be saved from the pain, we barter with God, we get angry and vengeful and then accept the inevitable. At this station, we find the Jesus that is with us, no matter who we are or where we are on the journey, Jesus is with us and promises redemption at any moment.