HEAVEN IS ECSTATIC WITH JOY
In a multitude of ways, we will be celebrating Christmas with family and friends; some secretly because of the hostile environment they live in. In whatever circumstances this blog finds you, I invite you to put on a pair of ‘heaven’s ear-phones’. The noise of this world has become so deafening that it has become difficult for us to listen to the joy of heaven.
We are familiar with the story of the shepherds and the sudden appearance with the angels, “a multitude of the heavenly host praising God” (Luke 2:13) as the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Unlike the other Gospel writers, Luke records the “joy in heaven over one sinner who repents” (15:7, 10, 24, 32). Each “sinner who repents” is a result of realizing that only Jesus saves from sin. Heaven makes this connection and so should we! That is true joy!
Though he was an old man, John had ‘heaven’s ear-phones’ turned on when he heard the “four living creatures” around the throne in heaven say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” and the “the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who is seated on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created”” (Revelation 4:10–11).
What are you listening to this Christmas? I’m not talking about music. I want your ears tuned to heaven where the real value of God’s Son is not limited to Christmas Day. “God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:9–10).
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