One of the criminals hanging alongside cursed him: "Some Messiah you are! Save yourself! Save us!"
But the other one made him shut up: "Have you no fear of God? You're getting the same as him. We deserve this, but not him—he did nothing to deserve this."
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom."
He said, "Don't worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise." Luke 23:39-43 The Message
If it is possible to like anything about the crucifixion, this would be the scene. Two convicted criminals both sentenced to death, but one is going to eternal death and one is going to eternal life. Jesus is breathing his last, having endured horrible pain and suffering, but he is still willing to reach out and offer salvation to yet another miserable sinner.
And that promise, “Today you will join me paradise.” Don’t we all someday want to hear that?