I was going through my pictures from Sydney and I came across an interesting picture.
This picture was taken at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Sydney. My roommate and I went to enjoy some of facts, poses, and celebration with the stars of the museum. This picture is part of the “red carpet” experience in which you buy the photos of you taken in front of a green screen…you can see that I bought them. Thinking of this brought an interesting thought to mind. Jesus wants us to REJOICE when we come to Him and to live it up on His Red Carpet!
Luke 15 is an amazing chapter to read about being lost and found. Three parables. Three celebrations. Three times in which REJOICE was used. One definition of “rejoicing” is great joy and another is jubilation. How many remember a few year’s back when Great Britain through a week-long jubilation for Queen Elizabeth?! It was a week long of amazing celebrities in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. And it was televised both in Britian and here in the United States. Why is that? That’s totally another post, but you get the picture, we are hooked on celebrities and the red carpet is the time to discuss what one is wearing, thinking, and hot gossip. Jesus loves a good celebration on the red carpet and Luke 15 helps us understand that.
We have the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Parable of the Lost Coin in which we find out what happens when ONE sheep or coin being found (metaphors for the disbeliever coming to Christ). Verses 7 & 10 use the word rejoice in the Scripture and at times, we just speed read over it and forget to look at the importance that Jesus was going to come to in the rest of the chapter with the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Again, remember Jesus is telling these stories for a purpose and now the Prodigal combines the main reason of these other parables.
As many know, two sons are helping their father on the farm when one asks for his share. His share then goes out is lost in a matter of a few months, years and soon this son is homeless and hungry and realizes that he could have more working for his father, as a servant & not his son, and comes home. We have a beautiful conversations between father and son in Luke 15.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
It’s rather interesting to see that Jesus did not use “rejoice” in this part of scriptures, but instead, use the synonym here to make what I think is an important point: CELEBRATE! Jesus wants our salvation to be something worth getting out on a red carpet and celebrating in. Too many of Christians decide that salvation is solely their own and make it something that is boring and not worth investing in lives of others; however, Jesus taught us that we should celebrate when the Gospel is received into the hearts of the unbelievers and then I also think, that Jesus wants to celebrate and party daily!
Awards season brings lots of pre/after parties. Let’s celebrate with Jesus in our and other’s receiving of salvation. Let’s walk the red carpet. Let’s meet with the celebrities–the sons & daughters of The Almighty and see ourselves as amazing creations of God in which we are entitled to so many things–the heirs of God, found in Romans 8:17.