Three men had been condemned. Three men were hanging on crosses facing an agonizing deaths. One of the criminals hanging alongside cursed Jesus: “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.”
“Today you will join me in paradise.” ~~Jesus on the cross Luke 23:43
The criminal seemed to think this would be sometime in the future. Jesus was clear it would happen that day. Jesus has become victorious. He is King in God’s Kingdom. We have died and have life with him.