Heaven, How I Got Here - Colin S Smith
When Jesus died on the cross, he didn’t die alone.
Two criminals died next to him. Heaven, How I Got Here is a fictional account of the thief on the cross who asked for Jesus to remember him in his kingdom.
Luke tells the account:
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)
I’ve never given this thief much thought. But this book provides a compelling back-story to the man who saw Jesus for who he is.
Colin S. Smith brings Luke’s account to life. The thief takes you through his upbringing and his experience of God until his punishment on the cross.
The thief ponders the difference between believing in God and fearing Him.
“People who say they believe in God often give little or no place to Him in their lives, but fearing God means you give weight to Him in your decisions and priorities.”
This really struck me. Do I really fear God? Do I consider him in all the decisions I make?
An Easter Reminder
Another powerful part was Smith’s description of the crucifixion. Its brutality. Its pain. Details that I often brush over.
So this book has been ideal in the run-up to Easter. It’s deepened my joy and awe at Jesus’ death, resurrection and his gift of salvation he has given to me.