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The Parable of Joy

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When we established a relationship with God through faith, God was far more thrilled and excited than we were.

In the parables of Luke 15, each one ends with a party. The shepherd finding that sheep throws a party. The one finding that coin throws a party, and the rich man having his son returned throws a party. The assumption in the stories is that when something valuable is discovered, it is worthy of Joy. In the third parable of the most valuable thing is recovered that being a son. The older brother is not happy about it and the father explains to him why he threw a party.

But we had to be merry and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and is alive again, and was lost and has been found. (Luke 15:3-32)

The explanation is very important. The father said that a reestablishment of a relationship with the younger brother is life from the dead, and who would not be thrilled with a resurrection. The father is reflecting the attitude of heaven. Whatever may have caused the demise of the lost person does not matter after they are resurrected from the dead. The thrill is that they are alive and the relationship is reestablished. When we established a relationship with God through faith, God was far more thrilled and excited than we were.

 

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