Rejoicing in Heaven
“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” – Luke 15:10
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Can you imagine Jesus in heaven rejoicing – just completely happy about something?
The Word of God says that there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents (Lk. 15:10). Well, who is in the presence of angels in heaven? It’s God the Father and His Son Jesus. The Lord is happy over one person who repents and gives his or her life over to Him.
You recall the parable of the lost coin. Jesus relayed the story of a woman who lost a coin and did everything she could to find it. When she finds the coin she calls her neighbors and friends together to celebrate her finding what she’d lost (Lk: 15:8-9).
Jesus also provided the parable of the lost sheep. A person with 100 sheep lost one of them and left the 99 to find the one that was lost. When he finds the one sheep, he rejoices and calls his neighbors and friends to celebrate, too. Jesus said, “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance” (Lk. 15:7).
Jesus loves when a person turns their life around and begins to follow, obey, and serve Him. It makes Him happy. Remember Jesus said that He came to seek and save those who were lost (Lk. 19:10). Those who are well have no need of a doctor, but those who are sick do (Mt. 9:12).
Jesus’ entire mission was centered around saving the lost. That’s what He came to do. When a person does what they need to do to receive that salvation, it causes rejoicing in heaven in the presence of angels.
Christ died so that we might be able to live eternally and be saved from a lost condition. Are you in a lost condition today? Are you serving and following God wholeheartedly? Have you repented of your sins and wrongdoings – you know, have you stopped doing them and starting living right? Have you confessed the name of Jesus to others? Have you been baptized for the forgiveness of your sins?
If not, why not? And why not do it today? Life is not promised to us. Every day that we open our eyes can possibly be our last. Don’t put off giving your life to Christ. Don’t put off serving Him. Make the Lord happy by repenting of your sins today and being immersed into Christ.
We have the ability to cause the Lord grief and make Him sad by sinning, as well (Eph. 4:30-31). What will you choose today? To make God happy, or to grieve His Spirit?
Let’s strive to cause rejoicing in heaven.
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