Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7
What a cute picture I found for this post. haven’t we all seen children running around in their choir robes and wings, how much more gladness fills our hearts to know we will be rejoicing with angels, why not start now?
Jesus relays this in the parable of the lost sheep. People can easily get offended at this, even me. The Lord spoke to me early on about someone’s receiving Christ, I was thinking about all the trouble he had caused his family, and how easily the Lord accepted him, I was glad but the thought crossed my mind, the next one was powerful, ” Would I rather him go to hell? ” Of course not, and I never have wanted that for anyone, I was seventeen then and I still have watch that, it is not always easy to look at someone through His eyes.
I am glad heaven rejoiced that day, and since then I learned it was an answer to prayer, a child’s prayer, some twenty four years earlier. So, you see Jesus has every right to be happy that prodigals return, and you know it just struck me recently that the father in the story, like God, was rejoicing, even when he was afar off.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8
Why are we deceiving ourselves at this thought? He died for us over two thousand years ago. While He was on the cross, we were on His mind, and He planned to when the world began, realizing man would fall, but loving him enough to offer a free will, His desire is that we choose Him, even though He would already choose us. Angels rejoice over the one sinner, and the other ninety nine just keep grazing or do they, maybe they are saying, ” Look at that guy or girl, and here I am all cute and fluffy?”
I admit being guilty of what Psalm 37:7 says about resting and not to fret over evil people who prosper and their wicked schemes. I can rest now, even if people have caused me a lot of trouble, like the angels, I will rejoice to see them saved. But I am human, as we all are.
The prodigal is one of my least favorite characters in the Bible, I suppose if he had a sister, I could have been her, ” Look at him father, he stinks and you’re giving him a robe and a ring? ” But like the brother I have always had Him.
I have a blogger friend, Katrina Hamel, who writes stories about Bible characters and especially women, I have been doing it too, you can put yourself in their shoes through her words. Obviously, this boy had not been saved, and the behavior of, even some believers, I think angels not only rejoice over sinners but the Father, Son and Spirit. And over lots of our baby steps and leaps of faith.
And especially when we see the light and have a revelation of the love and meaning of His Word. I am one of the flock He left and went to gather a lost lamb, I’m sure He sees you as a child, even when you get older, but He does expect us to mature. I did some study on sheep too, how He uses the staff to guide them, not break legs as I once heard. How he anoints the head to keep away insects. The sheepfold is a horseshoe shaped formation and the shepherd lies at the entrance.
Did you know the prodigal could have been stoned? His father could have demanded it. And he really was wishing him dead by wanting his inheritance. I always hated Jesus had to die for me, but what if He had not? And only came home because he was hungry. I wish people would come to Him hungry and thirsty for His righteousness. And even the backsliders, and those who are close, we all need Him, He died for us all before we knew it.
Let the angels rejoice over the one.
Let them rejoice over the ninety nine.
And the many that do come to know Him as Lord.
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