What if heaven had a newspaper, or electronic bulletin board, or even a Twitter headline like the one above?
The mixed range of expectations here on earth when Jesus gave up His last breath was surely echoed in heaven by those who could still not understand... that the hour had not yet come for Christ’s kingdom here on earth to be revealed to all, and that His death was a necessary part of the story of salvation. ( For only the Father in heaven knows the due time - Matthew 24:36)
The Crucified Criminal... Saved!
Jesus didn’t ask him his sin, nor even tell him that his sins were forgiven! In summary, Christ said his belief had saved him! A so will it save you. You may still face punishment for your crimes, or discipline for your sins, but you are saved none the less.Can you imagine the reception in heaven for that criminal on the cross?!? One moment, the heavens are distraught with the death of Christ, then the next, angels and saints alike are welcoming a brother. The last to come home before Christ himself returns.
Luke 23:41-43; “We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
is the fragrance the violet sheds...
on the heel that has crushed it.”