Luke 23:43 “He said, “Don’t worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise.””
Our English word “paradise” is a transliteration of the Greek word paradeisos, which comes from an Old Persian word pairidaeza, “enclosure, garden.” In the Greek Septuagint translation of the Old Testament the word is used especially for the Garden of God or Garden of Eden in the creation story (Genesis 2:8-10, 16, etc.), thus moving the word from the realm of secular parks to the sacred Garden of God himself.
Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Following this train of thought; could it be that Christ wasn’t making reference to a location per se but to a spiritual state? Christ came to restore man onto God. Man once lived in complete harmony with God until the introduction of sin shattered that perfection and man began to drift further and further away from God. With His death Christ bridged the gulf between God and man; making it possible to man to be restored simply by acceptance of God’s extended invitation. The repentant thief wasn’t sure that the grace he was witnessing could extend to him and so he hesitatingly asks; “……Jesus, remember me when you go into Your Kingdom.” Christ might have hung on the cross as a man, but it was the divinity in Him that responded and assured the dying man before Him of full restoration with God
One of the beauties of Christ’s death is in the universality of the event. It’s implications stretch far into the past covering all born since the time of Adam, it widens to cover those there at the time of His death; especially those who hated Him and those who had not yet even heard of Him, and it leaned forward into eternity to encompass those yet unborn but in need; including you and I. We have been restored onto God; why do we keep wandering off?
Think About This
What does my wandering away from God mean?
Dear Lord, Keep me forever close to You. In Your Presence in where I want to be. Teach me obedience to Your will. In Jesus name I pray. Amen