Luke 15:4-6 ¶ “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which 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 neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’
The Lord rejoices when one of His precious lambs comes home. Not only does He rejoice, all heaven breaks out into a joyous celebration. John Trappe, a puritan pastor in the 1600’s, said that “the tears of sinners is the wine of angels”. The whole point of the human life of Jesus was to seek and to save the lost, that is the reason He became a man. We were all wandering in the wilderness of life, we were sheep without a shepherd. He came to this earth in search of His lost sheep, He came looking for you. Matthew Henry spoke about this parable and how it teaches of the redemption of fallen man. Check this out.
“The pleasure that God takes in repenting returning (restoring) sinners. He lays it on his shoulders rejoicing that he has not lost his labour in seeking; and the joy is the greater because he began to be out of hope of finding it; and he calls his friends and neighbors, the shepherds that keep their flocks about him, saying, Rejoice with me. Perhaps among the pastoral songs which the shepherds used to sing there was one for such an occasion as this, of which these words might be the burden, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost; whereas they never sung, Rejoice with me, for I have lost none. Observe, he calls it his sheep, though a stray, a wandering sheep. He has a right to it (all souls are mine), and he will claim his own, and recover his right; therefore he looks after it himself: I have found it; he did not send a servant, but his own Son, the great and good Shepherd, who will find what he seeks, and will be found of those that seek him not.”
Heaven is a happy place. Christ has returned in triumph over His enemies, He brought His children who had been captives to His place of celebration, and today, the harvest of the earth is being reaped. Souls are coming to Christ in unprecedented numbers all over the world. The final harvest is about to be gathered, the wedding feast of the lamb is about to begin, the bride is almost ready. If John Trappe is right, if the tears of repentant sinners is really the wine of the angels, quite a party is breaking out in heaven. If we take our lead from the angels, we will enter the celebration as well. Let the party get started!!!