The Laestadian Lutheran Church of Prescott Valley is located at 3120 Mountain View Dr in Prescott Valley, AZ. Welcome to services!
The Laestadian Lutheran Church (LLC) is the central organization of Laestadian Lutheran churches in North America. The website provides information about our faith, mission, organization, and activities.
THE JOY OF THE FINDER
Jesus’ parables about seeking God’s kingdom also tell of finding it and of the joy that brings. When the seeker finds, he experiences joy. The shepherd rejoiced when he found his sheep and invited all of his friends to rejoice with him. Jesus explains how heaven rejoices over every sinner who repents. The woman who found the lost coin was overjoyed and invited her friends to rejoice with her. According to Jesus, God’s angels rejoice over every sinner who repents. Festivities began at the prodigal son’s home when he returned. He had imagined for himself a servant’s position but found that he was the central person at the feast. Surely the prodigal son felt joy, when his sins were forgiven and he was once more the father’s dear son.
Jesus tells about the joy of the finder in His parable about the man, who found a treasure hidden in a field. Because of his joy, the man exchanged everything that he already owned for that field where he found the treasure (Matt. 13:44).
God’s kingdom is righteousness, joy, and peace in the Holy Spirit. Finding it is such a great and marvelous matter that there is joy among the angels in heaven, the congregation of God, and with the finder himself. The discovery and the joy connected with it change the finder’s life and set of values. Many, previously important things become unnecessary when we have received something much more valuable in its place.
The Treasure Hidden In a Field, Juhani Uljas