Fürchte dich nicht, denn ich hab’ dich erlöst,
ich hab’ dich bei deinem Namen gerufen,
du bist mein.
Wahrlich, ich sage dir:
Heute wirst du mit mir im Paradies sein.
O Jesu du, mein Hilf und Ruh,
ich bitte dich mit Tränen:
Hilf, dass ich mich bis ins Grab nach dir möge sehnen.
Rather than post something from the well-known St. Matthew Passion, this post is a little bit off the beaten-track. Today as I remember the crucifixion of Christ, I venture to post this extraordinary work by Christoph Bach which focuses on a unique aspect of the cross. For the two robbers being crucified next to Jesus, one had faith and trust in him and the other did not (Luke 23:39-43). Bach’s setting focuses on Jesus’ tender words “Fear not, I have called you by name”. For the man next to him who believed, this was the comfort he needed and the assurance that he would be with Jesus later that day in Heaven. Also remarkable, the fact that Jesus accepted him despite his past and that he did not need to do anything to ear his salvation.