His Joy is more than just being happy, more than just feeling good We are able to appropriate His Joy to be our strength When Jesus went to the cross, it was the “joy set before Him” that gave Him the strength to suffer the beatings and cross experience.
• Jesus went to the cross for “the Joy set before Him”
• We are in a transition between two ages
• We can tap into His Joy • His Joy is a rest and peace
• “The joy of the Lord is our Strength”
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
17 “For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.
1 Timothy 6:15
15 which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.