There is so much we do not know. Especially as we grow older, and find ourselves thinking long thoughts about life and death. And, about what heaven is like. And if, in the end, we will really get there.
People care about these eternal things. And worry. And even fear. But Jesus says a wonderful thing to us. A word of assurance. To the thief on the cross beside Him, who said, "Jesus, Remember me when you come into your Kingdom." And Jesus said, "Today, you will be with me in Paradise."
So many times, He assures us. "In My Father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you... And I will come and get you, so that where I am, there you may be also." And again, "I will be with you forever, to the close of the age."
Just being with Jesus is all we need to know. "Who will separate us from the love of Christ?" the apostle Paul asks. "Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword...
"No, in all these things, He says, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:37-39)
Amazing. A word of assurance to all who love Jesus, and are His friends. He never lets go. Nothing in all creation can tear us away from Him. He holds on. He means us to be with Him always. Don't be afraid. Rejoice! You are safe with Him.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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