Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 4.2.21

By April 2, 2021Daily Bread

I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below.

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the thoughts and words of this reading that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 23:39-43 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding[a] him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah?[b] Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into[c] your kingdom.” 43 He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

Jesus was crucified between two thieves, according to Matthew and Mark. Luke doesn’t specify their crimes. He simply calls them criminals. According to Luke one of them joined in the mob that was mocking Jesus, hurling insults at him. We can imagine that one of those insults particularly stung: “Are you not the Messiah?  Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal saw things differently. “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he turned to Jesus and said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” What a remarkable prayer and what a remarkable expression of his faith.  He acknowledged who he was and what he had done and, in essence, asked for forgiveness.  He recognized that Jesus was the Anointed One, the Messiah, the Christ, and that he could save him from his sin and give him life—even as he was hanging on a cross.

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The word paradise originally meant a garden.  Paradise came to be synonymous with heaven.  The whole sweep of scripture moves from a garden to a garden – from Eden to Paradise.

The grace of God in Christ is such that this man on the cross died knowing that death would not have the final word in his life, but he would enter paradise.  This is the good news on the Good Friday.

To quote the apostle Paul, “Death has been swallowed up by a victory.  Where is your victory, Death?  Where is your sting, Death? (Death’s sting is sin, and the power of sin is the Law.) Thanks be to God, who gives us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!  As a result of all this, my loved brothers and sisters, you must stand firm, unshakable, excelling in the work of the Lord as always, because you know that your labor isn’t going to be for nothing in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:54c-58)

There is a lot of theology woven in to hymns. To enhance today’s reading, I recommend listening to “Jesus, Remember Me”. I hope you will take a few moments to let the words of this message and the emotion that always connects us to music connect with your soul. Listen to this hymn on SoundCloud.

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

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Jesus, Remember Me

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom
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