All during His hour of suffering we see this. He speaks to the women who mourn for him, offers forgiveness to His executioners, even arranges for the welfare of his mother. And now, having endured torture, betrayal, desertion, and injustice, He who had lived among sinners is about to die with them. Yet in this moment Jesus turns to his dying companion and declares, “This day you will be with me in paradise.” Not until He is able to snatch one more soul out of the fire does Jesus say, “It finished.”
Today is Palm Sunday when we typically welcome the coming King with pomp and celebration. And how we love Easter with its bright colored candy, flowers and fine clothes. But between those days was a blood soaked cross where we were made right with God. We cannot run to the empty tomb with fellow saints, until we kneel at the cross with fellow sinners.
where the dear Lord was crucified; who died to save us all.
We may not know; we cannot tell what pains He had to bear;
But we believe it was for us He hung and suffered there.
There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin;
He only could unlock the gate of heaven, and let us in.