In the first word, Jesus prayed for others. In this second word, Jesus answers a prayer with the promise, "Today, you will be with me in Paradise." Here is the whole passage: (Luke 23: 39-43)
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘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 said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’
It is the simplest of all prayers: "Jesus, remember me." And the answer, a simple but profound promise, "You will be with me."
When all is said and done, perhaps that is the final and most enduring hope we have: that we will be remembered...by God. Perhaps the life of faith is embodied in this simple prayer: "Jesus, remember me." And all that we call hope hangs on this grace-filled promise: "You will be with me."
When a loved one looks at us, perhaps at a moment of parting, and says (in one way or another), "I will never forget you," it is a moment of pure grace and love. One thing they are saying is I will forget anything that would keep me from remembering you. I will remember YOU.
In his final moments of life, Jesus answers the prayer of a complete stranger with words of an undying love: you will be with me.
Make this your prayer today: "Jesus, remember me."
And listen for the answer.