“Lord, remember me when you come into Your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42)
Just when he started to make some good choices, death chose to take him from us. Just when the potholes in his road were being filled so he could go somewhere, he went away. Brandon not only turned his life around. But, he was young and had plenty of time to achieve great things. At least, that’s what we thought. That’s what I thought as I admired his laughter and good nature as we all sat and joked around the table this past Thanksgiving. None of us knew that the crime he tried to turn from would turn on him.
There was a thief on a cross who, unlike Brandon, had no hope of redemption on this earth. He was condemned and nailed. Left to hang on that tree until breathlessness or a merciful death blow would relieve him. And yet, the thief did have one hope. It was in a world to come. It was through the Sinless One that was crucified with him.
Among the better decisions Brandon made, he looked upon Jesus as his source of hope. He did’t know all there was about discipleship. Nor did the thief. But, they both had sense to believe in and call on the gateway to a better world. Christ answered the one with faith,
Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise. (Luke 23:43)
May Brandon’s faith suffice for his deeds. Lord, please let his confession be sufficient for salvation. Let your mercy shine upon him both now and forever. And may your spirit of comfort be on his family.