Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Today in Paradise: 7 Last Words on Life (2)

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Luke 23.39-43, with Luke 19.1-10 and Psalm 25.1-10
17 Feb 2013

Near death experiences - visions of people we love

7 Last Words on Lifenot about a future or about death, but LIFE 1. Father Forgive
2. Today in Paradise

 

1. Today [immediately]

Today:
Today, as in NOW ... not in the future (20x in Luke-Acts)
even when re salvation
"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born" (Luke 2.11)
"Today salvation has come to this house" (Luke 19.9)
The temple curtain is torn in two, Luke 23.45 – access is granted

Kingdomand TIME

Now and Not Yet, Today and Tomorrow
"The kingdom of God has come near to you" (Luke 10.9)
"The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; ... for, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you" (Luke 17.20-21)
"I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes" (Luke 22.18)

Future-focused thinking: by the criminal and by us

"Faith is ... the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11.1)
"Now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6.2)

IMMEDIATELY

 


2. Remember me [security]

Insecurity
hopeful that we will be saved, forgiven
uncertain of our status before God

Remember WHAT about me?
Psalm 25.7, "Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!"

Security
covenant
our memory, God’s
bound together
based on the goodness of God, not on our own goodness

SECURITY

 

3. With me [mystery]

"Today you will be with me in Paradise" – with Jesus
even if dying on a cross!
Mystery: "All things work together for good for those who love God", Romans 8.28
Robin, miscarriage, "There are angels all around you"
I have not found any good in losing children,
but I have found God and God is good

MYSTERY

 

QUESTION: Would you bind yourself to a dying Savior?

"Jesus remember me" (sung)

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