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Rejoicing in Heaven

Luke 15:10

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

profileWhat makes you rejoice? What brings you happiness? The Orioles won on Monday – they beat Boston 2-1 for their home opener. Chris Tillman pitched a good game – not a great game – but good enough to keep his team in the game. Nelson Cruz – a free agent signing in the offseason – scored both runs – one with a homer to take the lead late in the game. Some good relief pitching – some great defense (the O’s were the best defense of all time last year – setting all kinds or records) – and a save by new closer Tommy Hunter – and the first place O’s won! Remember I said it here – 92 wins and the playoffs this year – only 91 more needed.

Have you ever wondered what makes the angels rejoice? Have you ever thought about what they rejoice about in heaven? Today’s passage gives us an idea. Luke 15:10 – In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

Last Sunday we watched a video on cardboard testimonies. It was very powerful and I hope that we can do something like it soon at our church. You can watch it here – Cardboard Testimonies.

Heaven rejoices when one sinner is saved – when one life is saved for Jesus! Here is today’s passage in partial context. Dale talked about our prison ministry and how God rejoices when one is saved – one sheep lost and found. Luke 15:1–10 – 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Building relationships with others in the congregation and with our friends outside the church just may be what God uses to draw folks to Him. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Being a part of God’s plan of redemption for someone. Not only would heaven rejoice – but we would as well as the lost are found and the saved are used by God to reach others.

The Great Commission for the church is this – Matthew 28:19–20 – 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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April 1, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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