In the gospel accounts, everyone who spoke up during the crucifixion reviled Jesus—except for one person—the repentant thief on the cross. After insulting our Lord, this thief changed his mind and said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Why didn’t the Jewish religious leaders say that? Because they would have had to take Jesus down from the cross to prove their repentance, and their pride wouldn’t let them do that.
Surprisingly, the dying thief knew more about worship than the scribes and Pharisees did. He alone reached out to Jesus as his gracious, loving, and personal King.
Unlike the dying thief, we don’t have to ask Jesus to remember us, but we can ask him to help us remember him as our gracious, loving, and personal King.
To get the most out of our worship today, let’s follow this man’s humble example.