The word repentance does not occur in the New King James version of the Old Testament, but in the New Testament it suddenly becomes a big theme. Not to worry, repent, return to the Lord, and similar terms and phrases are much in evidence in the NKJV Old Testament. Much of the Bible is about people or persons and the need to turn to the Lord and be saved. Why so much valuable scripture given over to repentance? Because every one of us needs it!
Only one man lived who did not need to return to God for salvation, and He said:
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7
Jesus was kind enough to mention me in scripture, for I am certainly that one sinner who repented. I cannot take that title alone though. Many brothers and sisters in Christ have come before me since Jesus spoke His words, many a sinner has repented during my time, and up to the end of the Tribulation many more will come to Jesus for salvation. We might even pause to wonder where the 99 just people were to come from since, other than my brothers and sisters who trusted in Jesus for their saving, who indeed is justified?
Well then, if 99 just people cannot be found to provide joy in heaven, it is up to our Lord to provide saved sinners to joyify His heavenly realm. Praise God there is much we can do to help Him provide fuel for this fire of joy lighting up Heaven.Have a great Saturday and be a light to those around you,