Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
From the crucifixion as described in the book of Luke Chapter 23 verses 42 & 43
Faith properly understood is not an end in and of itself but rather exists to connect you with that which is beyond you. The end of your faith now, the cross is an extremely popular religious icon that has woven its way in and out of almost every sector of our society. It adorns us as jewelry, inspires us in cinematography and now bewilders us with its majesty.
How can a just God pardon you for breaking his law without the punishment for law breaking being met? Just where does the guilt that you have lived with and ignored for years find its resolution? The answer to this and other similar questions is found within the cross.
The mysteries of the cross are manifold. The cross is an instrument of death and as such marks that decisive turning point in your life where you decided to put to death that which is least within you so that which is most grand within you may come to the surface. The cross also is that place where divine justice and mercy intersect and are eternally resolved not just within the mind of God but also within inner sanctuary of your heart.
Your many sins have led you to cry out for mercy from God for which the demands of justice merited the sacrifice of Christ. This is the nugget of faith that should you wrap yourself around it, will bring to you the peace your spirit seeks. Much as a caterpillar comes out of the cocoon profoundly changed from within, so also will you never be the same when you reflect upon the fact that the transgressions which have caused you so much guilt for so long are washed away the instant you receive the mystery of the cross into your life.
Begin to walk in this place of transition where you reflect on the fact that though you remember where you have been, those charges and any charges to come will no longer be tallied against your account but rather have been once for all resolved amid the mystery of the cross. Release now your spirit from the sins of your past that the blessing of forgiveness might be fully yours.