In the same way, I tell you,
there is rejoicing in the presence
of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Do you remember the story of the prodigal son? It is the story of a son who turns to his father (he is the younger son) and asks for his inheritance early (get it ? The father is still alive and the kids wants his share of what he'll get when the father dies. Not exactly loving.).
He takes that inheritance and goes partying in the next town. He has a great time. He is living high on the hog!
Now he is broke. He has nothing. He cannot find a job. He is in a pig pen (which for a Jew is like being in the worst place possible) wanting to eat their slop because he is so hungry. He decides to return home, face his father's wrath, beg for mercy and ask to be hired on as a servant.
It turns out that his father has been watching and waiting for his son to return. He rushes him at the gate! He kisses and hugs him. They throw him a party to celebrate!
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. Luke 15:22-24
This is how God the Father is with all sinners who repent and turn to Him. He is watching and waiting. When the sinner turns from sin and repents - He rushes towards us to welcome the sinner with open, loving arms.
It does not matter how ugly the sin. It does not matter how long it has been.
They throw a party in heaven when a sinner comes home to God the Father.
Give heaven a reason for celebration. Spread the good news of Jesus to all who have eyes to see and ears to hear!
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