39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 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, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
A story is told of a man who was considered a “drunk”; he was always begging for money and hardly ever worked. He says in his own testimony that drinking would take control of him; he had a family to take care of, but instead he would bring his horse to the bar and buy everyone drinks until the horse was completely sold. Another time, instead of staying home with his wife – he drove 11 miles through a massive snow storm so he could buy his fill of whiskey. One time, when his son was 2 years old – this alcoholic came home from a ten day drinking binge to find his son dead in his mother’s arm. At the funeral, his wife insisted he promise never to drink again. Two hours after his vow, he came home staggering drunk. Could Christ save a man like this?
If you are reading this and are in despair, know this: it doesn’t matter what you have done, where you have gone, or how low you think you have fallen. If you would come to Jesus, repent of your sins, and put your complete and total trust in Him – then Jesus will say to you, “thou shalt be with me in Paradise.”
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