by Mark Weinrich
In the world’s ways, the thief’s words were a surprise. Yet in the realm of grace the Father would not leave His Son undefended, even if the message came from the most unlikely source. From a condemned man with nothing religious or otherwise, to commend himself. Yet he had simply watched the innocence and forgiveness of Jesus lived out in those final hours. And he could not keep silent when Jesus was mocked, “Don’t you fear God,” he said “since you are under the same since sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Is it any wonder, that this man, who felt so unworthy, saw everything clearly at the most vital time, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And the only one who openly defended Jesus, witnessed Jesus’ final smile and heard the words that everyone should long for, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Mark Weinrich lives a creative life as a writer, photographer, musician, and artist–all wrapped together in an outdoorsman. He is a retired pastor and nine-year cancer survivor. His writing and photography have appeared in over 138 news stand, inspirational, and literary publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.