Did you know that when a person comes to Christ, that God rejoices over that person? Here is what God says about what happens in heaven when a person turns from their sin, and trusts in Jesus Christ for his or her salvation:
(Jesus speaking) What man of you, having one hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?
And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, and says to them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
I say to you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner who repents, more than over ninety- nine just persons, who don’t need to repent.
Or what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lost one piece, doesn’t light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she finds it?
And when she finds it, she calls her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
We can see in those verses from Luke 15, that there is much rejoicing in heaven when a person repents. But who is doing the rejoicing? It appears angels are. But look at the last verse where it says ‘there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’ It implies that God is rejoicing.
Just think, the day you put your trust in the Lord, heaven became alive with rejoicing! But, perhaps you haven’t come to that place where you have put your trust in the Savior. Maybe you still want to continue to live for yourself and your own glory. Maybe you don’t want to identify with God’s people. God commands people to ‘repent’ and turn from their sinful, self-centered ways. Let go of your sin, and receive the gift of salvation which Jesus paid for, when He died on the Cross.
‘The Lord your God in your midst is mighty. He will save. He will rejoiced over you with joy….He will joy over you with singing’. (from Zephaniah 3:17). What a song that is!