“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
King James Version (KJV)
Steve Hislop's comment on 2015-03-06 11:18:26:
Many times we use the word "day " and even "today " not in a strictly literal 24-hour period of time sense, so I think it is beside the point to argue this my sense is that what Jesus meant by Today was immediately
James's comment on 2012-12-13 03:45:24:
Truth is independent of opinion and by its definition, it is intolerant of error. Notice the way the malefactor; Lord remember me when you come in your kingdom, which shows that he(thief) understood how the righteous are saved according to Jesus teachings. So righteous people are remembered at the Second Advent, not at the point of their death. It is therefore good to suit an individual's opinion as many do. If the scripture is read without a prayerful and humble heart, the simplest passage can be misunderstood. I thank of you people who have decided to carefully search the scriptures in prayer and humility. 2 Peter 3:15-18.
Sharon's comment on 2012-11-26 09:25:19:
It appears from the comments that reasoning persons are wondering whether the meaning of the word 'today' and/or the punctuation, may have been lost in translation. The answer is that there was no punctuation in the original Greek Bible manuscripts. Further, 'today' could not have meant that very day, since Jesus himself was not raised up until the third day and during that three-day period, he was not in heaven, because following his resurrection he told Mary Magdalene: "I have not yet ascended to the Father." (John 20:17). It was 40 days later that he ascended. Jesus was preaching the hope of resurrection. The book of Revelation, written about 63 years after the statements in Luke were made, indicates that these events, including the resurrection, were still in the future. For more information, please contact your local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Dennis's comment on 2012-06-29 20:17:07:
My research shows only concern for either Paradise or the location of a comma. Am I the only one who sees the question being asked here? Jesus said "SHALT THOU"? Shall You? If He was making a statement He would have said "THOU SHALT" or You Shall/Will be with me. First of all no one was "Saved" until the day of Pentecost when the Holy Ghost was poured out. This lie about the thief being saved on the cross has led to the "death bed prayers" among evangelicals and allows the lost to postpone their commitment to Christ and gives them a license to continue in their sinful ways. Then have a death bed experience like the thief and think they're going to heaven. The new birth is "Born Again" of the water (baptism) and the spirit (Holy Spirit infilling), this happened on the day of Pentecost and 5000 were "saved". And the church grew from that point (read the book of Acts, that is the beginning of the church).
Iris Dodson's comment on 2010-12-18 14:03:31:
Has any research been done on the punctuatiohn of this verse. Jesus did appear later to many people? Also, did Jesus go to hades which some say is Hell?
Raymond Monson's comment on 2010-05-25 11:46:22: