The Joy of Jesus

Though the prophet Isaiah describes Jesus as a “Man acquainted with sorrows”, our Savior was well acquainted with joy. Joy filled His heart as sinners came to Him in droves and accepted Him as their Savior. His eyes shone as He watched the faces of those He healed.

His eyes brightened as children ran up to Him and surrounded Him. Love filled His heart as He blessed them and prayed for them. It was His joy to receive them. He told His disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14, NLT).

He rejoiced along with Heaven when Zaccheus, the tax collector declared, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have overcharged people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” A broad smile creased Jesus’ face as He said; “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a son of Abraham. And I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save those like him who are lost” (Luke 19:8-10, NLT).

Jesus rejoiced in the saving faith of the Roman officer. He openly commended the man. Turning to the crowd, He said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all the land of Israel!” (Matthew 8:10, NLT).

Even on the cross, Jesus rejoiced when one of the thieves said to Him, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom” (Luke 23:42, NLT).

Jesus rejoices when we seek Him in prayer, trusting Him to do as He promised, “Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!” (John 14:14, NLT). He rejoices when we take up our cross and follow Him.

The joy of Jesus will reach its peak on that glorious day when He comes to take His faithful and true home.

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