The one thief on the cross was shockingly perceptive. While the crowds around the crosses were ignorant, while his partner on the cross on the other side of Jesus was humorous, the one thief thoughtfully considered the situation and understood. To this man next to him, suffering horribly and beaten beyond recognition, just like himself, he said, "Remember me when you come into your kingdom."
How could he have possibly figured out at that time, at that place, that Jesus was the Conquering King coming into His Kingdom?
The Lord Jesus highly honored this man's very honest intelligence, "Truly, I say to you, today you will you be with me in paradise!"