I met Elisabeth Elliot during my sophomore year at Wheaton College. She had a glow about her, and she walked with grace and sophistication. The warmth in her eyes made you want to lean into her words. Those eyes were welcoming even with years of heartache, sacrifice, and service. She...
What if you woke up one morning knowing it was your last day on earth?
This was the reality of the thief on the cross who hung directly next to Jesus, experiencing all the events of the crucifixion and all the joys of eternity in the same day.
Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross is the thief’s story, told in his own words, on the day that changed his eternity. Written by Pastor Colin Smith, the short 96-page book is compelling, unique, and deeply applicable for every reader.
Our team sat down with Pastor Colin to talk more in-depth about why he wrote this particular story:
Well, just that amazing transformation! Imagine this guy – he begins the day, and it’s going to be the most painful, the darkest, the most hopeless day of his life. He awakens in absolute darkness and he ends the day in the presence of Jesus Christ, who saves him as he puts his trust in Jesus while he’s actually on the cross. That transformation is absolutely remarkable. To me, it’s the story that most clearly in all of the Bible tells how a person can get into heaven, how a person who’s absolutely hopeless and facing darkness, can find life and can find hope in Jesus Christ.