What The Scriptures say
The Scriptures tell us to set our minds on the things above where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Sounds simple enough, but it may be easier said than done. Who of us can truly imagine what is like?
We are so far removed from its reality that it’s more than our finite minds can imagine. Not to worry though, our gracious Father gives us numerous visuals in His Word if only we know where to look for them.
One such picture is in the fifteenth chapter of the gospel of Luke where we read two familiar parables. Each gives us a glimpse of things we know are going on in heaven. These parables are about things that have been lost—a sheep in the first parable and a coin in the second.
The takeaway from both is that the lost sheep and coin are so precious that the main characters leave everything to hunt for them. Then once the sheep and coin are found, the principals call for their neighbors to come and rejoice because they have found what was lost. The Bible tells us that the sheep and the coin both represent people who were once lost but now have been saved.
After the invitation to come and rejoice is issued to the neighbors, the celebration extends into heaven. We get to see what is going on there when one sinner repents. Luke puts it this way in verses 7 and 10: “In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over the one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over the ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away.”
He adds another punch line to the second parable: “In the same way there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”
In these two parables, we glimpse some of what goes on in heaven. The are many other examples in scripture. We don’t always see the whole picture, but we can understand the principle points God is expressing.
And because we are seated in the heavenly realms with Christ (Ephesians 2:6), we know that what the Bible tells us about the activity of the angels is equally true about us as well. The fact is, there will be much rejoicing in heaven—and we will be a major part of it.
We are blessed that God gives us treasures such as those found in these two parables about the joy in saving the lost. For more information about heaven, try using a concordance to find all the Bible tells us about the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of God.