Within each of our human hearts is the deep, deep desire to find in our life the most basic place of lasting security, genuine warmth, safe harbor, and unconditioned love. This desire is at the very foundation of all of our human experience in whatever cultural circumstance or time we live. We often look for the fulfillment of this desire in various ways throughout our life. It is most often expressed in our reaching out to others in our personal relationships--with our parents, or dear friends, or tender spouses, or the mentors to whom we look up with respect and admiration for guidance and help. As great as these opportunities are to find our true home and the place inside us that gives us real faith, hope, and love, and as wonderful as those relationships can be, even then we cannot not find a complete and lasting peace until we find that peace that “passeth all understanding.” The door to that deepest and permanent peace, paradoxically, is only found in the terrible yet lovely Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Since the time of Adam until Christ had come to His full age and to His man-saving Crucifixion, all those who sought Paradise were looking in the wrong place. They could not imagine that this place of the greatest joy conceivable had to be reached only by their own conscious, willing, grateful, and heartfelt suffering united with Christ who gives this such a profound meaning. It is only found by uniting our own limited will and understanding with the one Person Who can transform our broken human condition of sins and imperfections into complete blessedness, wholeness, and fulfillment. This place, planted in our hearts from the first moment of our being and which remains there all of our lives, can be touched and reached only at the fulcrum of all time: the Cross, the Death, and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and its all-embracing effect on all of Creation.
Let us join all those who have found their true place, their true home, and their true Paradise, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb, 12:2)