This was their last opportunity to speak to the Lord and request whatever they desired.
The first man was remorseful. He was not sorry for his evil deeds, but that his life had come to a close. He prayed to the Lord to save him; he did not ask for mercy and forgiveness, but that he will be spared from death. He simply desired to return to his former manner of life and continue to enjoy the pleasures this world can offer.
Jesus didn’t answer him. The man died and he was eternally lost.
His companion, conscious of his guilt and the danger to which he was exposed, was sore afraid. He believed that Jesus, although crucified, was innocent and that he was the promised Messiah. Furthermore, he believed that Jesus is the King that will reign forever and ever. So he requested Jesus to remember him.
Jesus granted his request. Today he is enjoying the King in paradise.
This is the story of two malefactors who were crucified along with Jesus.
This is also my story and your story. For we too have sinned against the Almighty. We too stand on the brink of eternity. We too must choose between sin and repentance, and between this present evil world and the hope of heaven.
Friend, what is your choice? What will you ask Jesus?