TODAY in Paradise!!!
"I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” – Luke 23:43
Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If Youare the Christ, save Yourself and us." But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." (Luke 23:39-43 NKJV)
Already Jesus’ words of forgiveness are releasing prisoners and bearing fruit. The thief was “the first to discover the miraculous power of the Cross in transforming hatred through the understanding strength of love…..they were awakened to a new dimension of life. They began to know that there was hope and that paradise could be reached.” Paradise is where He was headed – for the joy that was set before Him - He endured!! The Holy Spirit’s presence was girding Him and strengthening Him through joy! Jesus brings paradise out of the future and into today…..TODAY… not some future time or place!!! When Jesus speaks of paradise, He is not talking so much of a place where they may go someday, as a relationship that we enter today. Paradise is whenever or wherever we are with Jesus. This day, that Friday was the TODAY that the thief met a crucified God and found paradise…eternal life…