You will be with Me in Paradise. Luke 23:43
The first couple were gardeners by profession. Is it any wonder, then, that we love gardens? When people spend vast amounts of time or money on their backyards, patios, and gardens—it’s an inherent desire to have beauty surrounding them in their current home.
Adam and Eve lost their lease on Eden, but Jesus has opened the gate to another Paradise—one that’s eternal.
The word paradise means “beautiful garden.” The apostle Paul said he was once “caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (2 Corinthians 12:4). He was talking about heaven. Jesus said in Revelation 2:7, “To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”
This Paradise—including the tree of life—is described beautifully in Revelation 21–22, and it’s yours in Christ.
Every beautiful garden is in some slight way a miniature picture of heaven. Every flower is a foretaste, every petal a precursor. One day when we arrive in our eternal home we’ll hear the wonderful words: “Welcome to Paradise!”
That paradise that Adam enjoyed was but the type of the paradise above. Thomas Goodwin
The King Crucified: Conversion at Calvary (Luke 23:39-43)