The people in Boston have experienced a roller-coaster week for emotions. For the last 36 hours, Boston has been euphoric.
Their joy is understandable, but it is nothing compared to the joy in heaven when men are reconciled to God.
LAST WEEK: (See previous message by clicking on my name above)
God is the AUTHOR of reconciliation:
•18a – God reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ.
•19a – In Christ He was reconciling – not imputing their trespasses
•21 – He made Him to be sin for us so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him
God shares the distress that we do when something precious to us is lost. Jesus describes this in three stories:
•A shepherd loses one of his one hundred sheep
•A wife loses one of her ten coins
•A father loses one of this two sons
The application of these stories comes from Luke 15:1-2.
•The parables that appear were designed to reveal the real wickedness of the self-righteous complainers.
•If they had a heart for God, they would be doing what Jesus was doing – Luke 19:10.
(This should rebuke self-serving Christians)
If you are a born-again child of God, there was a day when heaven exploded with joy.
For me, that was when I, at the age of nine, realized in my own bedroom that I was a lost sinner in need of a Savior. The prayer was not fancy – it was real.
•What I did not see was what was happening in Heaven.
•God was celebrating and calling upon His angels to join Him in the joy. One who was dead was now alive. One who was lost was now found.
•God wants to hold up your name in celebration today. But it can only happen if two facts become real.*
“Happily ever after”