Today

It should have been me.

The thief up on the cross next to Jesus was sentenced to die for the bad things he had done.

That was me….before I put my faith in Jesus.

My rebellion, self-centeredness, and lack of compassion are a few of the reasons I should have been on that cross.

The Great News is Jesus was up there on the cross for me…..and for you.  He who knew no sin became sin for us.  He bore the weight of all of the world’s sin – once and for all.  You and I can be redeemed from spiritual death by accepting the free gift of salvation that only Jesus can give.

As I read this account in Luke 23, I visualize Jesus turning to me, looking me in the eye and saying, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” vs 43.

For the thief, it was that day.  Oh, glorious day!

For me, it probably won’t be today – although it could be.

And I’m ready.

There will be come a day for me when it is ‘today’ because I have committed my heart and life to Jesus.  This passage in the Bible reassures me.  The thief did nothing to earn his way into heaven.  He put his faith in Jesus and it was done.  He didn’t say a prayer or say specific words and he was never baptized.  Jesus knew the thief’s heart just like Jesus knows my heart.

This passage also tells me there is no waiting – no purgatory, no additional steps.

Today.

In paradise.

Thank you, Jesus 

Revelation 7, 2015 – Real Security

They are in heaven.

Before the throne of God.December 28 2015 Real Security

They have the joy and honor of serving God all day and all night.

In his temple.

They are always in the shadow of God’s presence.

They are never hungry – they are in the presence of the Bread of Heaven.

They are never thirsty – he who is the Living Water quenches every thirst.

Being in God’s presence is always comfortable.  It’s exactly where they want to be.

The Lamb on the throne is their Shepherd – he leads them.  He makes sure there is no reason for tears.

Ever.

Life with God in heaven is the only real security we will ever have.

Revelation feels like the end because it’s the last book of the Bible.

But it’s not the end.  It describes the beginning of the rest of our story.

After our reason for living on earth is done, we get to live in the presence and security of our Father God forever.

We can’t even imagine it because our 3.5 pound brains are so limited.  We try to put it all into the context of what we know and it just doesn’t fit.

But God has promised that we will be home – with him.

And that’s enough.  We can trust him with the rest.

Thank you, Abba Father.

Frightening Words

“The time as come for me to act.  I will not hold back; I will not have pity, nor will I relent.  You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions.”August 21 2014 Amazing grace

These words send a shiver down my spine.  God spoke them to the people of Jerusalem as the Babylonians attacked and the siege which would send the Israelites into captivity began.

I am SO grateful to be living in the time of God’s grace.  Jesus’ sacrifice now covers all of our sin, shortcomings and failures.

When God looks at us now, he sees us as his children and he lavishes his love on us.

We don’t have to pay for our sins like the Israelites did because Jesus died for our sins- once and for all.  By his wounds, we have been healed.

So the right response for us is to live in a perpetual state of gratitude for what God has done.  We all have circumstances and situations in our lives which aren’t perfect but our redeemed identify in Christ is secure.  Our future is already decided.

The end of our story goes like this,

“And they lived happily ever after in heaven.”

Amen!

Hallelujah!