Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” — Luke 23:42
As Mark Stibbe described in his book, there are SEVEN final statements spoken by Jesus on the Cross:
1) “FATHER, FORGIVE THEM”
2) “YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE”
3) “WOMAN, BEHOLD YOUR SON”
4) “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”
5) “I THIRST”
6) “IT IS FINISHED.”
7) “FATHER, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.”
Today, I’m taking you to see what has happened at the last moment of Jesus crucifixion. There are two condemned thieves on both sides of Jesus. One is hard-hearted and tells Jesus to save himself and them. The other is appalled at these words and turn to Jesus with repentance, saying, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replies with these words in luke 23:43 ” Today you will be with me in paradise.”
That thief believes who Jesus is – the son of God, and he was saved at the last moment of his life. Jesus forgives what he has done and promised him that he will be brought into paradise with him after his death immediately. It is never too late to know God and turn to Jesus!
God loves you!
No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. — John 16:27
In today verse, Jesus draws a close to his farewell before his crucifixion. He tells his disciples and us that the Father will give us whatever we ask because he himself loves us, because we have believed and love Jesus, his only son.
Here is an amazing video about the love of God, it’s a must see. I’m not going to say a lot today for a change, please just enjoy the movie:
God loves you!
Jesus wept. — John 11:35
This is the shortest verse in the bible. It appeared in the miracle of ‘Lazarus raised from the death.’
Jesus has a close friend called Lazarus in Bethany who is gravely ill. Jesus is a great distance away, by the time he arrives, Lazarus has been dead four days. Lazarus has two sisters, Martha and Mary. When they know that Jesus has come, they express their deep sorrow over their brother’s death in front of Jesus. Then it is recorded that ‘Jesus wept’ for the reason that “he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled” (John11:33) and “He loved him” (John 11:36) Please watch the video below for a full picture:
Here, ‘wept’ in original Greek verb is dakruo actually means “sobbed”, which is a stronger emotion. The words “Jesus Sobbed” means a great deal, doesn’t it? It says that Jesus knows how we feel, and, He feels what we feel. He is a friend who we can relate to, a shepherd who really cares for his sheep and he reveals the heavenly father to us: God is a god of compassion and grace, slow in anger and rich in Love.
God Loves you!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. — John 3:16 (KJV)
For me, this is a breathtaking verse – ‘For God so loved the world…’.
It is because of this LOVE that I have started this blog. It is because of this LOVE that my life was set free from orphan state. It is because of this LOVE that I am able to love others even my enemies … THIS LOVE OF GOD IS SO AMAZING AND TRUE TO ME THAT I CAN’T HELP TELLING YOU ABOUT! From the bottom of my heart, I want you to know: the love of God for you is REAL and is FAR MORE than you can ever imaging, only if you are willing to accept it.
This is how God loves us:
1) God is SO loved us, deeper than the deepest ocean, higher than the highest mountain.
2) He sacrificed what is the most precious and dearest to him – his ONE and ONLY SON, in exchange for a new relationship with you and me.
3) Just like a father, God wants the BEST for us, he longs to see us having an eternal life in love and joy instead of perishing in hell.
This is God’s Plan:
” I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” — John 10:10
And this is how we can receive this love:
By believing in Jesus and enter and eternal friendship with him! We Receive Christ Through Faith, it is a gift of God.
“By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” — Ephesians 2:8,9
God loves you!