"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."Luke 15:7
The description of Jesus as a shepherd is one of my favorites in the whole Bible. David calls Him “my shepherd” (Psalm 23:1). Jesus refers to Himself as “the good shepherd” (John 10:14). The writer of Hebrews proclaims Him to be “the great Shepherd” (Hebrews 13:20). Peter declares Him to be “the Chief Shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4).
On His way to the cross, Jesus tells the story of a shepherd leaving 99 sheep in the field to find a single one who is lost. His response to recovering the sheep is to joyfully put it on his shoulders and call everyone to celebrate with him for finding the one he’d been looking for.
You and I were one of those lost sheep until our Shepherd found us. When He did, there was more rejoicing in heaven than the rejoicing by the shepherd and his friends. Imagine heaven’s voices joyfully crying out… all because you and I have come to Jesus! This is what the Easter Season is all about. Jesus’ death and resurrection secured our salvation, and all of heaven celebrates each time a lost sheep is found.
Let's offer prayers of thanksgiving to our Great Shepherd for the rejoicing that takes place in heaven on our behalf.