Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 18, 2014

Redemption Yields Eternity In Heaven

cb devoapr18“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43b (NIV)

After carrying His cross through crowded streets, Jesus had every reason and right to not want to look at mankind. He had been beaten, spat on, cursed against and shouted at. When He indicated He was thirsty, He was given vinegar. Jesus was treated without compassion by the soldiers, yet He prayed to His Father to forgive them because they did not know what they were doing.

While His body was losing strength, Jesus still listened to the men He found Himself among: two undeserving thieves. One of the men was bitter and shouted that if Jesus indeed was the Son of God, He should get Himself and the two of them down from those crosses. The other thief, however, realized he was beside the Son of God. Admitting his wrong, he asked the Lord to remember him. At that very moment, Jesus responded to the thief that on that very day he would be with Him in paradise.

Two condemned men died a terrible death, but one of them would spend eternity in heaven with God because he asked the Lord to save him. The cross reminds us that our Lord fulfilled the Father’s plan and gave Himself for us. After He made the ultimate sacrifice, He ascended to heaven to be with the Father. Those who believe in Him and turn away from sin to live by God’s word will be like that thief who repented and was promised eternal life. Have you invited Jesus Christ into your heart? Simply believe in Him and ask Him to forgive your sins. He will hear your prayer and welcome you with open arms.

“Dear Lord, thank you for sending Jesus to save us. We thank You for His sacrifice on the cross, which ensured us eternity in heaven. While we were undeserving, Jesus forgave our sins and brought us into Your family. We love You, Lord.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Coffee Break

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