And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
This is the only occasion during the days of His flesh on which (so far at least as we know) paradise was made mention of by our Lord. Once, too, He mentions it in His glory (Revelation 2:7), and once it is on the lips of His chief apostle (2 Corinthians 12:4). These are the only times that it occurs in the New Testament. Hanging on the accursed tree, His thoughts may well have travelled back to another tree, even the tree of life, standing in the paradise of God: in that paradise, which by all this sore agony He was at this instant winning back for the children of men — opening for them the gates of another paradise.
Parallel VersesKJV: And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.