Luke 23:39-43 NKJV
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
I am not encouraging you to wait for the last minute before you humble yourself before God. A lot of people have heard the gospel and they made up their minds to enjoy the worldly pleasure a little bit more, having it in mind that when they grow old or at the point of death, they will accept the Lord. Its so sad that many people like that lost their life to unexpected deaths and there was no chance for them
This particular bible verses however showed the salvation that was earned at the very last minutes. It was a great opportunity for two criminals to make it to heaven that day, but to show us "salvation at the very last minute is risky", one of the criminals could not make it to heaven, due to arrogance and unbelief.
Salvation for the saved criminal came because he was HUMBLE, he SAW HIMSELF AS A SINNER, he BELIEVED JESUS and CONFESSED JESUS as the blameless lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the whole world, and finally, he made a plea "LORD REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU COME INTO YOUR KINGDOM"
This message may come to you as someone full of life and it appear the days ahead are still bright....have this at the back of your mind, no one knows the day and time the Lord will return, even at that, the end may come to us at any time, so do not delay your salvation.
This message may also come to you when your days appeared to be numbered, maybe you have been diagnosed with a terminal disease, maybe you are a victim of an accident and your chance of survival is 50/50, and so on.... Now is the time for your salvation, see yourself as a sinner that you are, acknowledged Jesus as the blameless Son of God that He is, Humble yourself before Him and Invite Him into your life and it shall be well with you.
Try to share this message with as many pepole as possible, the end may come to any one at any time, this message may save a soul. The Lord will have mercy on all of us