The Thief and Martyr in Lukan Personal Eschatology: Immediate Presence of Jesus

In Luke’s “personal eschatology” Jesus briefly described what happens when people die. Two passages are to be noted: Luke 23:42–43 and Acts 7:55–56. They speak of people at death who were immediately aware that they were entering God’s presence. The thief who confessed Jesus while hanging on the cross heard the Lord promise that “today” he would be with Him in paradise. Even as Jesus died on the cross, He drew people to Himself and promised them life in God’s presence. In Acts Stephen saw heaven open up and Jesus, standing as the Son of Man, waiting to welcome him. The arms of heaven are open to receive His children. Death is consumed by eternal life (1 Cor. 15:54–55).

Zuck, R. B. (1994). A Biblical Theology of the New Testament (electronic ed., p. 166). Chicago: Moody Press.

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