When we read the Scriptures as Jesus taught his disciples to read the Scriptures, we cannot miss the centrality of the Kingdom of God and all that it entails.
In light of the trials and suffering that await those who devote their lives to the ministry of the gospel, we can be encouraged and joyful because our ministry is done in Jesus' name, with confidence that our names are written on His heart, and ultimately for his glory.
The final saying of Jesus on the cross indicates that communion was restored, having accomplished our salvation.
Jesus replies to the thief's requiest in abundant mercy and superlative blessing that the earth had not yet known.
Even on the cross Jesus is in communion with his Father, revealing the profound and majestic inter-Trinitarian fellowship.