Final Days of Jesus' Life Explored; Critics Challenged, by David Roach, at Baptist Press
"A moment of particular significance during the Passion Week came at the crucifixion, Kostenberger and Taylor note. Jesus' promise that a repentant thief would be with Him in Paradise, they explain in the book, illustrated salvation by grace through faith.
"'Jesus' acceptance of the man powerfully illustrates the opportunity for forgiveness and eternal life that will soon be proclaimed to all people on the basis of his sacrificial death for sin," the authors note. "The robber has no time or ability to do any good works -- he could not possibly make up for the wrong he had done if that were even possible -- but he does have the strength to believe in Jesus and ask him for salvation. That is all that is needed, and the man's eternal destiny changes decisively from separation from God to spending eternity with Jesus in Paradise.'"