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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

“I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).

Marvelous words, these, addressing not a long and faithful follower who would endure crucifixion for the sake of His righteousness, but a last minute confessor enduring crucifixion for the sake of his sin.  Christ, Who speaks not condemnation but redemption to death-bound but confessing criminals like us, is the same Who always lives to make intercession for us.  And Christ’s prayers are never refused.  They are the core and creed, sum and substance of our Christian life.  His prayers carry the weight of truth and run deception through, smack down the middle.  Christ intersects our sin with His grace, our shame with His glory, hopelessness with His promises, legalistic living with freedom in Him, the fear of man with the fear of God, condemnation with redemption, death with life.

Is there anything more credible than when Christ says “I tell you the truth?”  Is there any life larger  than the “today with Me in paradise” life? Christ intersects today with His kingdom and, praise God, we are influenced by His intercessory prayers!  We can rejoice saying, “Oh, but I agree with Your prayers for me!”

Author: Carolyn Roehrig

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