FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Luke 23:43 (NLT2)
What the thief heard from Jesus may have sounded like something out of a dream. Jesus wanted him to know it was anything but a dream. Jesus told him about a real place where they would reunite that day. Jesus called it “paradise.” This was a Greek term that used throughout the Greek translation of the Old Testament as “garden.” In Genesis it referred to the original paradise, the Garden of Eden, a place of beauty, joy, and rest. To the Jews it meant the place where the righteous would live in eternal bliss and rest.
What was once corrupted by Adam and Eve’s sin would be restored. The Bible tells us there will be reunion (1 Thess. 4:17-18), rewards (Luke 6:35), responsibilities (Luke 16:10-11), rest (Revelation 14:13), and rejoicing (Revelation 19:5-6). But most important of all, in Paradise, there you will find Jesus, the One who gave His all and paid it all for you. What did the thief do to deserve a place in paradise? Absolutely nothing except to believe in the One who was dying next to him … and for him.
What are some of the things you are looking forward to about heaven? Who are some of the believers already in heaven that you are looking forward to reuniting with? How would you describe heaven to someone who doesn’t know Christ?
Give praise to God for making a place where you can enjoy His presence forever. Thank Him for the promise of a real place where we can reunite with other believers and continue in joyful service to Him for all eternity.