Will Jesus be Satisfied with the Number of People in Heaven?
Ever thought about that? Will Jesus look down from Heaven when it is all said and done and say I am satisfied with the amount of people that are here, or will he walk the streets of Heaven gazing into Hell, heartbroken over the ‘near misses’ and ‘could of beens’?
In order to come to the correct conclusion we have to consider what it means to be satisfied. To be satisfied means ‘to have enough’. We may say after a big meal that we are full and have had enough. That means we are satisfied. No more is required.
For this question, we are not trying to determine if Jesus had enough to eat, but rather was he satisfied with his work of salvation on the cross.
Consider this scenario. I have four children. Suppose I came outside one day and saw all four of them struggling to swim in our pond. It appears that drowning is rapidly closing in on them. I jump in the water and swim out to the first one. I bring them to shore and return for another and another. Suppose after I safely deliver the third one to the shore I turn around only to find the last one has slipped under. I frantically search for them to no avail. Is it reasonable for me to return to shore and say, “Well I got three out of four and I’m satisfied with that”? God forbid! I would mourn the loss of that child every day I live. The only way I could ever say I was satisfied with my efforts and the outcome is to have safely delivered all my children from drowning.
So is Jesus satisfied with his saving efforts?
Isaiah 53:10, 11 “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”
This tells us that our Savior, as he hung on the cross at Calvary, could see all his seed. In the omniscient mind of Christ he could see the faces of all those that he was dying for. It says he could see what the travail of his soul, the suffering of his labor was purchasing and he was satisfied. That day on the cross Jesus Christ knew exactly who would be the recipients of his atonement and he said ‘it is enough’.
If I, a fallen human being, cannot be satisfied unless I have saved all of my own children from drowning, how much more should the one who has a perfect love be dissatisfied with the loss of one of his?
The only conclusion we can come to is that the reason Jesus Christ is satisfied with his work on the cross is because he saved every one that he set out to save. The eternal salvation he brought about on the cross was not something that was going to be left up to chance. That should be no surprise to us when we consider the scriptures.
Mt. 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
John 6:39 “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”
The scripture tells us that Jesus was going to save his people…not make them savable…but save them. It also tells us that it was a certainty that none of them would be lost.
Jesus Christ was given a people by his Father and it was his purpose to come to earth and die for the sins of those the Father had given him and he did just that.
Jesus set out to save his people and he did. That is why Jesus is satisfied with those that are in Heaven. Everyone that he intended to be there will be there and not one will be lost.