THE THIEF ON THE CROSS -Luke 23:42-43

Luke 23:42-43 [KJV]
 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. 
The Pardon of the Good Thief- James Tissot

The request of the thief is in complete accordance with the teachings of the Nazarene. By saying this the thief is showing that he believes in Yahshua and that he is familiar with the Nazarene’s teachings:

Luke 19:11-13
11 And as they were hearing this, He spoke another parable, because He was near Yerushalayim and they thought the reign of Elohim was about to be manifested straightaway. 
12 He therefore said, “A certain nobleman went to a distant country to receive for himself a reign and to return. 
13 “And calling ten of his servants, He gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Trade until I come.’
Matthew 25:31
31 “And when the Son of Aḏam comes in His esteem {glory}, and all the set-apart messengers with Him, then He shall sit on the throne of His esteem . 

Yahshua and the thief were not together in paradise on that day. The Nazarene himself said where he would be after his death:

Matthew 12:40
40 “For as Yonah was three days and three nights in the stomach of the great fish, so shall the Son of Aḏam be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Isaiah speaking  about Messiah’s death tells us: 

Isaiah 53:12
12…because He poured out His being unto death

And Paul writes:

1 Corinthians 15:3-4
3…that Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 
4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised the third day, according to the Scriptures

Yahshua  died, was buried and raised by the Father on the third day.

 But what do the Scriptures say about paradise or the Kingdom of  Yahweh and His Messiah?

Isaiah 51:3 
3 “For יהוה shall comfort Tsiyon, He shall comfort all her waste places. For He makes her wilderness like Ěḏen, and her desert like the garden of יהוה. Joy and gladness are found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of song.
Revelation 11:15
15 And the seventh messenger sounded, and there came to be loud voices in the heaven, saying, “The reign of this world has become the reign of our Master, and of His Messiah, and He shall reign forever and ever!
Revelation 12:10
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in the heaven, “Now have come the deliverance and the power and the reign of our Elohim,1 and the authority of His Messiah, for the accuser of our brothers, who accused them before our Elohim day and night, has been thrown down.
Daniel 2:44 [KJV]
44  And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 

So what did Yahshua really tell the thief:

Luke 23:43 [The Scriptures]
43 And יהושע said to him, “Truly, I say to you today, you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

In modern speech it would be equivalent to saying:
I’m telling you now, you shall be with Me in Paradise”.

Yahshua assured the thief that he would be with him when his Kingdom is established on earth when He comes again.

 

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