A deathbed confession is when a person admits something that is weighing on their conscience before they die. Often this is done to a close friend, family member, doctor or pastor/priest.
While Jesus was hanging on the cross between two thieves, he heard such a confession.
Clearing the Air
Evidently one of the two thieves wanted to clear the air. He was guilty, had been convicted, and now he was paying for his crimes with his life. He did the crime, now he was doing the time.
Then he called out to Jesus. “Remember me.”
In a few moments, all three of these men hanging on their crosses would be dead, to slip entirely out of memory. They would be no more than a blip on the radar.
However, this deathbed confession changed this man’s destiny. He would not slip away from memory…Jesus remembered him. He was going to be with Jesus. And 2000 years later we are still talking about his brief discussion with Jesus.
The criminal wanted to be remembered. Jesus gave him so much more.
The criminal wanted forgiveness for his life of crime. Jesus gave him forgiveness for a lifetime.
And Jesus will do the same for you. Whatever weighs on your conscience, whatever your guilt or shame, Jesus wants to take it.
And the Good News is that you don’t have to wait until your dying breaths.
Today you can experience a taste of Heaven on earth. Today you can experience real hope, new life and lasting purpose.
Just call out to Jesus.
I hope to see you this Sunday. Bring someone with you. It may be just what they need to hear and experience.