Take It With You 03.13.2016
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me
in paradise.” Wow. Verse 43 of our scripture reading today says
it all. Here, upon a cross, next to Jesus, is a man who just got done
proclaiming his guilt. He actually sees justice in his own crucifixion.
But he believed. In his moment of tortured recompense he said, “Jesus,
remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And He did.
When I think of all the mistakes I’ve made in life. When I think of all
the bad and wrong things I’ve done. The things that are public. The
things only I will ever know about. Whether it was a thought, an urge
or something I carried out with full knowledge of what I was doing.
If I add up all those things, I don’t reckon they add up to the penalty
of crucifixion. So why, when God can forgive the man being rightfully
crucified next to Him, why can’t I forgive myself?
God forgives me. He died for me. He even died for the criminal next
to Him. The death of Jesus upon the cross wiped away all of our sins.
We just have to ask Him. And that’s as simple as heart felt prayer. God
wants us to forgive ourselves too. He knows that a burdened soul can
never truly glorify Him with an open heart. That’s why He let His own
blood spill down from the cross and over the Earth. It was to cleanse
us of our sins.
Rejoice! Rejoice in the power of God’s forgiveness. Let go of that little
voice in your head saying you aren’t worth it. Believe that God loves
you still and always. And worship Him with your heart wide open.
– Joe Greene