What Jesus Did! 'We Must Celebrate' — Luke 15:31-32

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

[Concluding the tale of the two sons, Jesus said,] "His father said to [the older son], 'Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!'"
— Luke 15:31-32 NLT

Key Thought

When sinners come to salvation, celebration isn't optional! The angels in heaven celebrate. The Father celebrates. God's children must celebrate!

Today's Prayer

Father, I pray for a great harvest in our day so that your people can bring you the joy of heaven's celebration and the lost in our world can come to know you as their Father. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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  • Luke 15:7, 10
  • Luke 19:6-10
  • Luke 3:4-6


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Illustration of Luke 15:31-32 NLT —  We had to celebrate this happy day.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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