20 Nov 2016
As Jesus hanged on the cross, the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at Jesus, saying, â€œHe saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!â€ The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, â€œIf you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!â€ There was also an inscription over him, â€œThis is the King of the Jews.â€
Â One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, â€œAre you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!â€ But the other rebuked him, saying, â€œDo 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.â€ Then he said, â€œJesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.â€ He replied, â€œTruly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.