I keep being reminded of the fact Jesus says,
“Not as the world gives do I give.”
That’s a really important phrase that he says to us. He comforts us in those words, reminding us that what he gives in himself is above and beyond what the world can give to us.
We know that he is peace. We can also know that he is joy, and it’s this joy that has been on my mind the last few days.
Jesus speaks openly to the Father just before his death, and one of the standout things he says is,
“Now to you I am coming, and these things I am speaking in the world that they may have my joy fulfilled in them.”
There are a few occasions where Jesus indicates that he wants us to have his joy, so that our joy might be full. Remember, this joy is “Not as the world gives.” It’s not just any old joy, it’s his joy! And it’s the only way our joy might be full and complete, in him.
We see a great example of what this joy means to us in Jesus himself. Last night I was tidying the house, and the words “the joy set before him” came to mind. This is what it says in full. And it is astounding if we can see what it means for us!
“looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross”
How did he endure the cross? Joy! Really? Yes, joy! And this is profound for us. The Father gives us Jesus himself, and Jesus brings to us his joy so that our joy might be full and complete. The same joy that was set before him is now set before us in Jesus himself.
This joy is the same joy that enabled Jesus to endure the cross. And it is ours in Jesus himself. Do you and I understand that? Do we see what that means for us? It’s quite astounding as I said!
It means that the Father wants for us to receive this joy in Jesus himself, joy to endure even the most awful of circumstances. Jesus says to you and to I,
“Enter into the joy of your master.”
Whatever our circumstances, whatever we might be facing, if we are one with Jesus, his joy is our joy, and our joy is full!
Eat of the bread of Life, drink of the Living Water, and hear Jesus say,
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”