These verses tell us of Jesus saying to his disciples that in two days, He would be crucified. Virtually at the same time, the chief priests and elders met together and plotted how they could arrest Jesus in some sly way but not during the Passover, in case there was a riot.
These two situations came to pass. Jesus was arrested at night, through the treachery of Judas. After His arrest He suffered cruelly from the religious and secular authorities and was handed over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified with two robbers, one on the left and one on the right. On that cross He paid the price for our sins.
What did the robbers make of this? One of them said to Christ, “aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us”. But the other robber rebuked him “Don’t you fear God?” he said, “since you are under the same sentence, we are being punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve but this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom”. Jesus answered him “I tell you the truth today you will be with me in paradise.” At that moment he received life (eternal life) out of death (Christ’s death).
The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are historical facts. He is alive today and will hear the call of any who come to Him and commit their life to Him.