Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Satisfied Saviour

In the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:1-7), Jesus relates how the shepherd, when he arrived home, arranged for a get-together with his friends and neighbours in order to celebrate the rescued sheep. This is obviously a picture of heaven.

There are many sources of joy in heaven. There is the joy that comes from beholding the beauty of God. There is the joy that arises from seeing the exalted Saviour, crowned with glory and honour. But there is also the joy of sharing with Jesus his delight in sinners being converted. And there will the endless joyful experience of being with the exuberant Saviour forever.

He and I, in that bright glory,
One deep joy shall share;
Mine to be forever with him,
His that I am there.

The joy of Jesus is a wonderful thought to contemplate. The Bible often refers to the Saviour’s joy. We read in Psalm 22 of the fact that the Saviour himself sings in the presence of his people in heaven: ‘From you comes my praise in the great congregation.’ Jesus is the leader of the heavenly praise and one aspect of that praise is the success of the gospel on earth as the nations remember and turn to the Lord. The Saviour today is satisfied with those who turn to him in repentance and faith.

No comments: