41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise
The thief did not ask for Christ to save him from the cross. He did not ask that Christ end his suffering. All the thief asked was that when Christ entered paradise could he please remember him. He accepted he was a sinner and that reward for his sins and transgressions was death, and so he asks the Son of God to just remember him. That humble prayer gave him the greatest reward, eternal life. We all could learn something from that thief. We could learn not to ask God for wealth, fame, and the things the world offers. We should instead just ask if Jesus could just remember us, not asking for anything, just that when you look upon us remember us. Learn to be as humble as that thief on the cross and one day we will be with Jesus in paradise.