When asking the Lord, the answer is the same:

Thou be with me in Paradise


Luke 23:43 - "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."

Impossible! The man didn't die that day. Crucifixion was a slow process to bring pain and death to the victim. It was the preparation day, Friday, and they didn't want to leave the bodies hanging on the cross during the next day, the day of rest: the Sabbath of the Lord; and by all means, to avoid the bad impression to God's worshipers that had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, they sent soldiers to break their legs and leave them on the ground. When the soldiers came to Jesus, He was dead; they didn't break his legs. John 19:36; Exo. 12:46

The heart of Jesus broke under the pain and agony of becoming the sin bearer for the human family. Jesus said: "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I receive of my Father." John 10:17,18.

About nine in the morning, Jesus was raised up on a cross, in the middle of two crossescriminals. While one malefactor was railing against Jesus, the other recognized his own faults and the innocence of the One on the cross, and said to Him: "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." Luke 23:42. The circunstances of the day, hanging on the cross, didn't come in between Christ and His mission of saving sinners; so He said, Today, (when I am on this cross and you believed in me) I say to you: "Shalt thou be with me in paradise."

Jesus died about 3:00 pm, at the same time the Passover lamb was to be offered in the Temple. He rested the Sabbath day in the tomb, and early Sunday morning rose from the dead, as He had told the disciples several times. Luke 18:33. Those times are recorded in each of the gospels.

After His resurrection, on the third day, Jesus said to Mary: "Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." John 20:17

If the repentant malefactor had not yet died, and Jesus had not ascended yet to heaven, what we do with the promise to be together that day in paradise? We have to look to the way it is written. The original Scriptures didn't contain punctuation; that was added years later, and whoever did it, placed the comma before today instead of after. It should be: "Verily I say unto thee today, shalt thou be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43.

And according to all references to the state of the dead, in the Bible, that man is still sleeping unconscious in the dust of the ground. "His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." Psalm 146:4. "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten..." Eccl. 9:5,6. The Bible often calls death a "sleep;" and that is what Jesus said when Lazarus was dead: "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth." John 11:11. The repentant thief, and everyone that have gone to the grave is sleeping there until they hear the trumpet of God and the voice of Jesus calling them to life, at the Second Coming, where the angels will gather them from the four corners of the earth. When He comes, Jesus said: "My reward is with me." Rev.22:12. "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice. And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." John 5:28,29; 1Thess. 4:14-17.

Blessed are the ones who the angels take to the Savior, in the air; they go with Him for a thousand years in heaven. Here, the earth remains empty, chaotic, during the millennium, until Christ returns to awake the wicked in the resurrection of damnation, and to execute final judgment on the rebels of all times. The fires that purify the earth, that lake of fire is the end of the wicked, sin, death, demons and Satan. Jer. 4:23-28; Rev. 20. Then, Christ establishes His kingdom on the earth made new. Rev. 21, and 22.


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