Thursday, August 7, 2008

Reach Paradise

Curious as to how I came up with the name of my blog?

I thought you’d never ask.

In Luke’s version of the Passion, two criminals are crucified along side of Jesus. One criminal joins the Roman soldiers in mocking Jesus, while the other one asks Jesus to remember him when he enters Heaven.

Jesus replies with - in my opinion the most beautiful phrase in the entire bible - “Amen I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

That passage reminds me of two things:

One, Jesus will always forgive us. Even during our final moments and no matter what our sins. His love for us is never ending.

Two, we should all do whatever we can so that we hear those same words from Him during our final hours. Can you imagine how glorious is must be to hear those words from Christ? To know you will be joining him in Heaven?

And so this blog is one way that I am trying to grow closer to God. Its my own little way to try and reach paradise.

God Bless.


Anne said...

Your first post was very touching. I wish you continual luck with your new blog. It's growing into a really nice blog. Keep up the good work. I to find that quote from the bible to be very comforting. That is what I'm striving for to. To be with the Lord in the end. When it's all said and done, what could be more important than to hope to live in the kingdom forever with Christ. Happy Lord's Day!

the booklady said...

I've always loved those words of Jesus too. Apparently the Good Thief, St. Dismas, was also the only person in Holy Scripture to have ever addressed Jesus simply as 'Jesus'. Others called him, 'Jesus, Son of Man' or 'Jesus, Son of David', etc.

"Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom" is one of my favorite Good Friday hymns, well one among many.

Thank you for letting me ramble about a favorite Scripture passage. God bless you and good luck with your blog!