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The Preference of Paradise

November 10

                            “And JESUS said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with ME in paradise."  Luke 23:43

"In this warp which knows no speed, yesterdays quickly overtake tomorrows ..." 

 

The sages all agree, today is the most important day of your life.  Musing over the past is beneficial only as long as it affects today in a positive way.  Planning for a tomorrow here on earth, that may never come, is okay, but not at the expense of today.  "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."  ... and worry over the morrow, according to CHRIST is sin. 

"If ye then be risen with CHRIST, seek those things which are above, where CHRIST sitteth on the right hand of GOD.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."  At least in some sense, we Christians are caught up in a time warp; and the conflict of affection we hold bears this out.  "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"  We, today, live out a liberated redemption lashed with the fallen carcass of sin's decadence, and if right with GOD, the rot of what we carry this side of paradise is loathsome.  Only as we turn into the warm wind of HIS grace, and set all our desire on the DIVINE, is the stench of what we bear downwind and bearable.  "Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go ... Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."  In this warp which knows no speed, yesterdays quickly overtake tomorrows, but they must first pass through today.  It is here, today, that we must slow the film of our lives to order its scenes Heavenward.   Glean from the past and distill it into fuel for today, but  be mindful how you drive; for living like there is no tomorrow is reckless, and the height of all folly. 

The three crosses of Calvary frame a pictorial to draw from, and make for some sobering thought about what (WHO) really matters.  Just a few yesterdays prior to this, these two men, crucified with CHRIST, likely had no idea that today would usher in their eternity.  For both, all tomorrows ceased, as today, time was overtaken by forever.  "As for me, I will behold THY face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with THY likeness."  With CHRIST in between, Heaven and Hell hung in the balance as each considered their final today.  One awoke in paradise, the other in an unspeakable and horrific hell of fire ... both had today as the determinate of their inescapable destiny.   

"JESUS said ... I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in ME, though he were dead, yet shall he live: ... believest thou this?"


For Love of Country
Napoleon Bonaparte I (1769-1821)
(Emperor of France)
"The Gospel is not a book; it is a living being, with an action, a power, which invades everything that opposes its extension."


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