Joy like you can't imagine
JOY – it’s a simple word and our entire Bible revolves around it, but have you ever considered that there is a lot of celebratory joy in heaven?
Creation started in triumphant joy: When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?( Job 38:7). The newly created world, things in heaven and on earth, both visible and invisible, caused ALL the angels to wonder and exult God in praise (Col. 1:15-16).
When Jesus was born there was festive joy as a host of angels suddenly appeared to shepherds out in the fields minding their sheep (Luke 2:13-14).
When you repent and call Jesus your Lord and Saviour, the angels in heaven break out in tumultuous joy over you. “I (Jesus) say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:7) and “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents”(Luke 15:10).
The next time we see thunderous joy in heaven is when our precious Lord Jesus brings His followers to heaven to celebrate His presence with them all: “After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honour and power belong to the Lord our God! … And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!” (Rev. 19:1,6).
Can you imagine that? Millions of voices shouting out in joy amidst deafening thunderclaps and the crashing sounds of waterfalls and rushing rivers? Take pause to consider what that is going to sound like! The very air would have to be vibrating with the intensity of those sound waves.
And imagine you in the midst of all that!
Get ready for the celebration to end all celebrations because it is happening very soon. The world is crumbling to a stop, just as was prophesied thousands of years ago. We are living in the very end of this age and Jesus will return shortly.
Be ready to hear Jesus say: “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord” (Matt 25:21).
(NKJV used for all quotations).