Several years ago I took a vacation on a cruise. It was breath taking to see the light from the ship shine on the waters in the still of the night. There was such peace on the ship, and for the few days on the cruise I had no concerns about the responsibilities at home. To me that time on the cruise was like paradise.
When Jesus was dying on the cross, one of the men dying to the cross beside Jesus said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom (vs, 42)”, Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise (vs. 43).
Paradise in this text was symbolic of heaven. One day all of us who are saved will go to heaven and live eternally with God. Heaven will be better than any cruise.