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
The 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.
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.”
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.