"Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42
That simple sentence stood out to me; simple, but packed with meaning!
1.) Can you imagine the relief the criminal felt?
The criminal feared God (vs 40). He knew he was getting what de deserved.. What mental agony he must have been feeling on top of his physical suffering! So, imagine the peace that washed over him when he heard the forgiving words of Christ!
2.) “Today you will be with me.” I think I have always kept Jesus in his ‘body form’ in my brain. I kept him in that tomb for three days and three nights, as if he was sleeping! But his soul (or spirit) was never in that tomb!! His body was, but he wasn’t. He was in paradise along with the former criminal.
He also may have gone else where to take care of some business…In 1 Peter 3:18, Peter writes, “..being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed it the spirits in prison,…” Who knows exactly where and what he did when he left his body, but it was an epiphany to me, as I read today, there there was one place his soul was not…in the tomb.