“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”Luke 15:10
Ten-year-old Holly listened as her Sunday School teacher told the story of the shepherd who would not rest until he found his one lost sheep. “Jesus is like that shepherd,” her teacher said. “He’s looking for His lost ones. It doesn’t matter how small the sheep is or how far it has wandered. Each one is immensely valuable to Him.”
It made Holly think of the time she found her dog when it had been lost. She scooped it up and carried it all the way home because she was so happy to find it. Then she drew a picture of how she envisioned the joy in heaven when the Good Shepherd finds one of His lost ones. It’s a picture I will always treasure, showing the angels in many colors exuberantly doing gymnastics, their joy in a sinner come home expressed in a child’s way.
Who knows but that the angels are doing handsprings and backflips when a person comes to Christ! Jesus seeks after us and drags us to Him, and He Himself rejoices over us with singing. Thank Him today for loving you and seeking after you with all His heart.
“There’s a new name written down in glory,/ and it’s mine!/ and the white- robed angels sing the story,/ ‘a sinner has come home.’” (C. AustiN Miles, 1910)