Day 7 – Sunday Selah
Today, as we remember the costly sacrifice the Lord Jesus Christ made to purchase our freedom and forgiveness, I am reminded of His response to the thief on the cross who was dying beside Him. Luke tells the story (23:39-43):
One of the criminals who were hanged railed at [Jesus], saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
That thief was almost gone into eternity—he knew he deserved judgment for his crimes. But the Lord, dying there beside him as the Lamb of God, knew his repentant heart and knew that this sinful man believed He was the King foretold by the prophets. And in that moment, Christ forgave his sin, promised him immediate and eternal life in glory, and transformed him into a true worshipper of the living God.
Heaven is a glorious hope whether death is imminent or feels decades away. Heaven is a promise for forever that is fulfilled in only a moment. As we see Christ on the cross, bearing our punishment and suffering for all our failures and rebellion, may we understand afresh that His crucified body beckons us with arms outstretched to enter our eternal home—a home that we do not deserve and could never earn; a home where all we will long to do is sing praise to our Savior.
Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing! (Revelation 5:11-12, ESV)