Even me.

“…And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

Luke 23:40-43


“First the criminal rebukes the other.

Then, he becomes another of Luke’s witnesses to the innocence of Jesus.

Then he speaks to Jesus.

Asking simply to be remembered.

He has barely met him.  But as Luke had stressed, “if you only knew this man, even briefly, you would love him.”

Then, you hear the last words that Jesus speaks to a human before he himself dies.  “Today, you will be with me in Paradise.”

When Jesus began his ministry, his first words promised release to captives. Now, as he is dying, his last words fulfill that promise.

This criminal is the only person in any of the Gospels, to address Jesus by his first name, without a qualifier.

As the late Scripture scholar Fr. Raymond Brown put it;

‘The first person with the confidence to be so familiar is a convicted criminal, who is also the last person on earth to speak to Jesus before he dies.’ ”  The Little Black Book – Bishop Ken Untener

He just met him.

In the worst possible circumstances.

So if  condemned man could find it in himself to simply call him “Jesus”, what could possibly be so challenging in our lives that would prevent us from doing the same?

He certainly knows each and every one of us.

Not just by name.


But personally.

And intimately.

We should be on a first name basis with Him.

Because after all and no matter what:

Jesus does remember.

Even me.





Author: Mark J. Hahn

"To be there when the light goes on." Those few, powerful words, succinctly sum up my quest as a coach. That is really what it is all about. This is precisely what drives me. To have good fortune shine upon me briefly so that I can be present at that very moment. The instant of revelation. When the years of heavy lifting results in it making sense for someone else. The almost audible “click”, followed instantaneously by an unmistakable incandescence. The illumination that can only accompany accomplishment. To see bean in the eyes, the look on the face, a change in stature and the air of confidence overtake and envelope the protoge, the “project” or the late bloomer. That is why I am in it. There may never be a stat for achieving those kinds of victories. But it is by far the most important “w” I will ever achieve.

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