I truly appreciate the fact that Jesus was not alone on Calvary that day. The imagery of it is something to behold. If I am to be absolutely honest, I have to break the Crucifixion of Christ way down... I'm talking down low, into my human terms that I can understand, down even lower into selfish terms about me.
It is my nature to put myself into another’s place and try to feel and understand what they are going through. So when I see pictures of Jesus on the cross…alone…I immediately put myself there and the feeling of abandonment is overwhelming. As a child abandoned, I know this feeling intimately.
The fact that Jesus was not alone that day helps me participate in the day. I can picture myself there, rightly upon the cross, just as the criminal admitted, “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Luke 23:41
And then, take it a step further… the blameless One, there with me, actually speaks to me, to give me comfort. After I request of him to remember me, he says “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43
So, now…I am sinner…upon a cross… and my Savior, whom I did not know until that day, is there with me.
He speaks to me, to give me comfort.
He tells me I will be with Him… in paradise, that very same day.
He will not leave me.
He will not forsake me.
Even though, I do not deserve it.
Even though I had forsaken Him.
Why, because I admitted I was a sinner. I declared He was the King! (Luke 23:42)
For me, this is beyond Good News! This was a very Good Day indeed!