WHAT I LOVE ABOUT JESUS
Imagine if cell phones and video cameras had existed when Jesus walked the earth. I would love to watch real-life footage of Jesus feeding the five thousand, calming the storm, raising Lazarus from the dead, and overturning the tables in the Temple. I would also like to see His smile and hear His laugh.
When you picture Jesus in your mind, do you see a Man that is stern and serious? Or do you picture a friendly Man with a warm smile and a hearty laugh? I believe Jesus was a friendly person with a great sense of humour who loved to laugh. He must have been a Man of joy because children loved Him, and kids tend to shy away from people who are stern.
An important theme of Jesus’ time on earth was joy. When Mary was expecting Him, she went to visit her relative Elizabeth, who herself was expecting John the Baptist. When Mary arrived with Jesus in her womb, John leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb (Luke 1:44). When Jesus was born, an angel announced His birth to some shepherds, describing it as good news of great joy (Luke 2:10).
In John 15, Jesus taught the importance of abiding in Him. Then He said, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (v. 11)
The key to a joyful life is a friendship with Jesus. The closer we get to Him, and the more we obey Him, the more joy we will have. Having joy does not mean that we never suffer, are never sad, and never have bad days. Joy means that we have peace and contentment in Jesus. Our friendship with Him is something that the world cannot take from us.
People try to find joy in many things: relationships, family, work, health, hobbies, etc. These things can bring us some joy, but they cannot fill us full of joy. Only Jesus can do that, because only He can bring us joy that is eternal.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance that race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
That is an amazing passage! You could say that joy was a motivating factor in Jesus going to the cross. He was willing to suffer and die for the joy of obeying His Father, becoming your Saviour, and having a friendship with you.
I love Jesus’ Joy.
Today’s Good News is that you can find lasting joy in a relationship with Jesus. Keep your eyes on Him, for He kept His eyes on you.
Now, go share the Good News…
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