Luke 23:43 (ESV) And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Those words were spoken by Jesus as He hung, beaten and bloody, as the main character on Good Friday. He was nearing his own death, but He knew the outcome and wasn’t afraid.
The man hanging on the cross beside Him knew Jesus was no ordinary man. That criminal was being crucified for some heinous crime, but in those last minutes of his life, he had the opportunity to ask for forgiveness and be assured that he would enter heaven with His Savior. I know that my death is imminent. I think about it a lot now that I’m in my golden years. I undoubtedly will be mourned by those I leave behind, but will soon become a distant memory as time goes by. I haven’t really prepared for that day. I don’t have a Will. I don’t have a written plan for my funeral, but I know I’m ready. Jesus extends that same promise to me and all sinners. We too can join Him in paradise if we just believe that He has paid the price and our sins are forgiven.