Day 36 focuses upon the reality of experiencing paradise in this life.
I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God in the visible world of creation. Moreover, I believe I exist because this Anointing of God created me and breathed into my nostrils the breath of life. The physical world of my flesh and blood body has been united with the spiritual reality of the expression of God. I believe that Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone is the essence of my existence: the beat of my heart and the breath of my breathing. Mysteriously, the uniqueness of this union enables me to live as a simple being experiencing the wonders of both the physical and the spiritual.
Day 36 meditation reveals the privilege of living in Paradise.
The story of my life, indeed, the story of every man’s existence, has its origin in man being created a living soul. When the young soul begins to interact with its surroundings, it sets in motion a tale that is unsurpassed in the created world. From its first breath until it breathes no more, the wonders of the unknown consumes the passion of the human soul. It continually seeks an end, the perfection of its acquisition, a place that has been called Paradise.
On the isle of Patmos during a vision, a revelation of all that is life, Jesus said to one of his early followers, “He that has ears to hear let him hear what the Spirit saith . . . To him that overcometh, I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (Rev. 2:7). Eating of the tree of life in Paradise is where the soul experiences the eternal glory of God: “Increasing in the knowledge of God [and] strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power” (Col. 1:10-11). The paradise of God, a park (literal translation), a garden, an Eden is the “fenced-in-place” that God has prepared for every soul to reap the wonders of “his kingdom and glory” (1 Thess. 2:12).
Day 36 meditation proclaims the glory of the possibility of living in Paradise.
The glory of the possibility of Paradise for every believer in this life is the assurance that the believer can be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:26-28, 4:19). The fullness of the glory of the Lord, Paradise, can be experienced for it is the reason why Jesus came into this world: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).