“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. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
” ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 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’ ” (Luke 15:22-32).
The significance of the phrase, “There is more joy in heaven…” cannot be overstated when you read Luke 15. The father puts the best robe on his filthy prodigal, places a ring on his finger, and throws a feast to celebrate HIS JOY that HIS SON is alive and home.
Plan a feast for your friends, family, or local community of faith, that celebrates the day they came to Christ. Plan a feast to celebrate God’s saving work in your life. Call it a Joyous Father party. Invite people to tell their stories. Sing favorite songs. Above all, remember to bring an abundance of food to mirror the amazing grace of God. Reflect on the coming day when God will feast with us in heaven.