Today my Mother celebrates her birthday in Heaven for the first time. If there are candles on her cake they would number 96! I am not sure that she is having a party. I imagine that if everyone there is daily celebrating birthdays, eternal life would be one big continual party! The cake would be delicious but with no calories. The gifts would need no exchanging. And there would be no let-down the following day! I cannot imagine a cake big enough to hold all the candles as each century is added!
Today’s verse describes a time of rejoicing in Heaven. It is not for the first birthday but for the second; the spiritual one when one is born again. There is rejoicing and somehow the angels even get into the act. When even just one sinner repents and comes to Jesus for salvation, there is celebration and joy! The noise of it would echo down those streets of gold. This verse follows the parables of the lost coin and the lost sheep that were found. Following this verse is the parable of the lost son whose return was celebrated with a party. In each case there was enthusiastic joy and celebration!
Her joy is complete. Mine, not so much. She is enjoying her reward, whatever form it takes. But I can recapture some of my joy when reminding myself of where she is and what she is experiencing today. There are no more tears, pain or suffering and she is surrounded with incredible beauty and splendor. She is enjoying “face-to-face” the Love of her life; her Savior.
Thank you Lord, for what You have prepared for all who love You.