“Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us. But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong. Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him,
“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)
Then one day it occurred to me, this thief who hung on the cross next to Jesus has witnessed to more people than I could ever dream of. His life made a difference. The other mocked Jesus, but this guy got it. He knew it wasn’t too late. It might be 11:59 pm, but he rebuked the other, and asked
Jesus for salvation. Wow! That just blows my mind. Jesus was touched by this man’s faith. He took him with him. He serves as an example to us today.
He was at the right place in the sense that he was next to Jesus, but there was something even more important. His heart was in the right place at the right time. I think of some of the people who Jesus ran into: the woman at the well, the woman taken in adultery. They were at the right place at the right time and their hearts were ripe. They received Jesus’ grace.
You are at the right place at the right time. It’s never too late. I reached out to Jesus when I was in my late 40’s and he gave me a second chance to know him intimately and have a ministry. If you desire him to change your life, no matter what age you are, he will do amazing things. Just ask; like the thief on the cross did.