In Paradise

What will it be like to be transported to Heaven? To be here on Earth one moment, and be with the Lord in another realm the next?

As Jesus was suffering on the cross, one of the criminals crucified along side Him said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into Your kingdom."  Jesus’ reply to him was, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

The thief had lived his entire life without the saving knowledge of faith in Jesus. Just before his departure into eternity, his destiny was changed from death to life. He was to be gloriously transported into the presence of God. What will that journey be like for us?

In the mid to late 1800’s, there lived a man whose heart was committed to God. He was an evangelist named Dwight L. Moody. The words that he said to those around him as he was dying have been a great, great comfort to me—-

"Is this dying? Why this is bliss."
"There is no valley."
"I have been within the gates."
"Earth is receding; Heaven is opening; God is calling; I must go."

The dictionary defines bliss as, "supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment."  Reverend Moody had begun to travel the road home. Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for his sin. Because of His sacrifice, Dwight had accepted His gift of salvation and was now taking the final journey home to be with His Savior and Lord.

"Earth is receding…"

"Heaven is opening…"

"God is calling…"

"I must go…"

 

What will that moment be like for you?

 

 

 

 

0 comments on “In Paradise

  1. luvmy4sons says:

    Some days more than others…I can’t wait!

  2. Bags Online says:

    It may seem that God is not answering our prayers, or even hearing them, for that matter. Martin Luther had this to say about five hundred years ago:

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