Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
Most everyone knows someone who has passed away. We may also know by their life and faith in God here on earth, that today they are in heaven. Some people have asked me, when a person dies do they go straight to heaven, or do they stay in the grave until the rapture? I know there are tons of verses in the Bible with which to prove the fact people who are in Christ go to heaven. I believe today’s verse is one of those verses.
Look at today’s verse closely. The verse does not say angels rejoice; it says there’s joy in their presence. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I believe the angels are hopping, skipping, and rejoicing when a soul is won. However, angels really don not understand what we as people understand. Angels cannot know the grace, mercy, and love of God directed only to you and I as forgiven creatures made in His image.
So, if it is not the angles rejoicing, then who must it be? As Jesus blots the sins of a daughter out of the book, I believe the Lord turns to a loving mother and says dear lady, she will be here soon, and that mother rejoices. As a dad, who tried hard to teach his wayward son right from wrong, sees Jesus apply the blood to his son’s sin, Jesus says faithful father, it will not be long now, and you will see him again. That dad is shouting all over heaven. As they begin to rejoice, others who now enjoy a perfect love for one another rejoice with them. The angels present witness the joy and love they have, and they too join in the celebration. Yes, I believe there is rejoicing by all the saints in heaven who passed on before, “in the presence of the angels.”
However, until He calls us home it is our responsibility to share the gospel with the entire world. Remember, everyone we meet is someone’s son or someone’s daughter. You may be the cause of great joy in the presence of the angels in heaven when you tell someone about Christ. We must do our part to make heaven ring with joy today.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Leviticus 14 / Psalm 48 / Proverbs 23 / Luke 15
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Leviticus 15-17 / Mark 1:21 – 45
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