Could entering heaven be like a graduation celebration?

“… there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

UOR SignThe University of Redlands celebrated a weekend of achievements: traditional students and returning adults graduated with a variety of degrees. I attended the School of Business celebrations. There was an awards ceremony,  a very special dinner, other events, and the graduation ceremony.

As the graduates walked into the Greek Theater, families and friends cheered, waved, held up signs and jumped up and down.

Celebrate

Jesus told three parables about the celebration in heaven when a person is saved.

Jesus’ second parable showed the great effort that the widow expended to find her lost coin. She lit her lamp, swept the house, and searched carefully.

“When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ Luke 15: 9

The keynote speaker told the graduates, “You earned it; you deserve it.” Cheers erupted. Arms waved. Noisemakers blared. Whistles pierced the air.

When Christians enter heaven, they will say,

“I am a sinner; I don’t deserve heaven. Thank You, Jesus, for paying for my sins by dying on the cross. Thank You that You have conquered death. Thank You, that You love me so.”

UOR Graduation 2014When the graduates’ names were called, they walked across the stage to shake hands with the President of the university. If they knew him, they received a hug.

Think of walking into heaven, and there Jesus stands, smiling. I believe that there will be no handshake. I’m looking forward to a big Jesus hug after I run to Him.

Do you suppose that celebrations like the University of Redlands graduation are a mere shadow of the rejoicing in heaven as we enter that glorious new home?

My prayer for you

Father in heaven, thank You for giving us glimpses of heaven on earth. Thank You for putting spontaneous rejoicing, exuberant celebrating of others within our hearts. Thank You for rejoicing over Your children. We look forward to seeing You face-to-face.

 

4 comments

  • Karen, This is beautiful. I had no idea you had suffered from fibromyalgia and had received this healing from the Lord. Truly, this is an inspiration. God bless you!

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    • Karen, Thank you for your gracious words. Yes, God told Keith and me two years before I was healed that God would heal me. We poured over the Scriptures about healing and waiting on God. We prayed and believed the promise. Then at my lowest point, God instantly healed me, confirmed by my doctor one month after we started weaning me from all my meds. God is good, all the time, in sickness, and in health, in life and in death. To God be the glory! Blessings to you, Karen

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  • Thank you for this post. Lovely thought :) I am excited to see Him one day face-to-face. God bless you!

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