A landslide at a gold-and-copper mine in Chile on August 5 trapped 33 miners more than 2,200 feet underground. 17 days later, all 33 men were found to be alive and in relatively good condition. Although it will be some time—perhaps as much as 4 months—before the miners can be tunneled out, friends and family members were elated that the men were found alive. The president of Chile said the nation was “crying with excitement and joy”.
Jesus says that there is rejoicing in heaven when a lost person repents and is saved. In Luke 15:32, the father of two sons explains to one of them the need to celebrate his brother’s return home—“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”
We need to anticipate the joy that our church will experience when lost people find salvation in Jesus. We ought to be helping them find their way home. And when they arrive, let’s celebrate like Jesus says we ought to!