Is This How The Story Ends?

He was a criminal

Who knew he’d done wrong

He deserved to hang there and feel the excruciating agony of a slow death

Luke 23 doesn’t mention his crime

Just his punishment

Is this how the story ends?

He listens to the soldiers mocking Jesus

The other, more cynical criminal joins in the banter

“You’re supposed to be the Anointed One, right? Well-do it! Rescue Yourself and us!”

The criminal tells him to be quiet

 

 

Does he let the other criminal heap more humiliation onto this innocent man beside him?

He’s so close to Jesus yet so far away from Him

Is this how the story ends?

The criminal uses what little strength he has left to speak up again

“Don’t you have any fear of God at all? You’re getting the same death sentence He is! We’re getting what we deserve since we’ve committed crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong at all! (turning to Jesus) Jesus, when You come into Your kingdom, please remember me.”

And in that moment, it was as though the criminal had taken a quill, dipped it in ink and wrote the last line of his story

He decided how his story was going to end

In the throes of gut-wrenching pain, Jesus looks at the criminal

Who had chosen to write the end of his story

With deep compassion

And said to him

“I promise you that this very day you will be with Me in paradise.”

After  many years of living selfishly

The criminal is welcomed into paradise by Jesus

Because both men saw something in each other, that nobody else saw

=)

My mum and dad have just celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary

50 years of marriage!

*High fives all round*

I remember when my sister and I were growing up, it wasn’t always a happy home

The arguments

The throwing things at each other

The threats to leave

Followed by…

The ‘silent treatment’

Is this how the story ends?

After many years of living selfishly

Jesus came

And they saw something in each other, that nobody else saw

Over time

He rescued and restored my mum and dad’s marriage

It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination

But with Jesus

They make it work

They chose the ending of their story

We threw them a surprise party for their 50th Anniversary

I picked them up from their house while everyone waited at the restaurant

They arrived at the chorus of, “For they are jolly good fellows!”

Taking my seat as it was mum and dad’s ‘moment’

My husband leaned over and whispered to me

“Did you drive down the back road?”

“Yes”

“Did you avoid all the potholes?”

*eye roll*

My inner voice said in a sarcastic tone, “No dear, I hit every single one of those potholes, because my day would not be complete without a flat tyre!”

But I refrained

And I smiled

And we enjoyed the celebrations

Because

Jesus has welcomed me

An imperfect human being

Into paradise

And so, I made a choice

I choose my story

And I will write how it’s going to end

 

Wendy xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author

Wendy Parker

Comments (6)

  1. Wendy
    March 29, 2017

    Love it Wendy. You write so well.

    It’s not over! Even if we feel we’re hanging on the cross it’s not over! And huge congrats to your folks as well. ??????

    • Wendy Parker
      March 29, 2017

      Thanks Rohan,
      Your story isn’t over until you draw you final breath! And, for my parents to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary means that miracles do still happen 😉

  2. M&D
    March 30, 2017

    Wendy that was from the heart, you uplift us each week and give us something to think about, thank you.

    • Wendy Parker
      March 31, 2017

      My pleasure =)

  3. Leonie Schlosser
    April 14, 2017

    Good Post Wendy, so True we get the choice, and with Jesus it makes the choice a much better.

    • Wendy Parker
      April 20, 2017

      Amen sister!

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