There is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:1-10

Why would heaven rejoice over a repentant sinner rather than someone who has always been righteous? Seems odd until we realize that people cannot be righteous on or own. I know some people think they are righteous with no need for Jesus or God. However, if that were possible then Jesus would not have had to die on the cross.

Jesus is once again talking to the Pharisees and they are judging Jesus by the company He is keeping. Here is this man claiming to be from God and He consorts with sinners and tax collectors. Form the viewpoint of the Pharisee there was little difference between sinners and tax collector. In fact tax collectors would have been considered worst that sinners as they worked for the Romans and made their money by collecting more that Rome asked for.

What was different about the sinners surrounding Jesus was that they recognized their sins and come to Jesus hoping for forgiveness. They knew they could not become right with God on their own. They Pharisees however felt they had no need of any help because they had set themselves as the goal every Jew should strive for. In their minds they did not need an intercessor to God; they were doing well on their own. They were unable to see their own sins.

I am sure that if there were any people on earth that could become right with God heaven would celebrate them. The sticking point is we are just not capable of doing that on our own. God knew this and He provided a way for each of us to have a right relationship with God. God came down to earth and took on human form and lived among us. Jesus lived the sin free life we could not and then willingly went to a death on a cross to pay the price for our sins. Then He rose from the grave and conquered death so that each of us if we accept God’s gift of grace and Jesus death and resurrection could spend eternity with God. Each time one more person realizes this and come to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior all heaven rejoices.

Hopefully you have caused heaven to rejoice. If not it is not too late. Just confess your sins and accept Jesus as Lord. Then you will be assured of a place in heaven as sons and daughters of God.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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3 Responses to There is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents

  1. Audrey L says:

    I have always loved this passage. What a beautiful image!! Thank you for your words today

  2. So True David and unless we come to heart repentance we can’t be Born Again, which means we will continue to sin.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man/woman deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    Job chose to be righteous but he was not Born Again this happened after Pentecost but Job sins were atoned for by animal sacrifices, his sins were covered but we are washed clean by the blood of Jesus and when He indwells us we are set free from the Slavery of Sin and so can choose not to Sin, we walk as Jesus did we are perfected in Love.

    1John 4:16-19 And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    Christian Love Always- Anne

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