The Joy of The Lord

As I was with a group of believing men tonight, and we were asked what we thought Jesus’ attitude was to whatever joy or happiness we feel, I was reminded of His Joy in the 72 missionaries who returned to Him.  As recorded in Luke 10:17, the seventy-two returned with joy, and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your Name”.  They had been sent by Jesus to prepare the way for Him in every town and place where He was about to go (vs. 1).  He encouraged them to settle in with the people of peace in those places, to heal the sick and to proclaim the Kingdom (vss. 8-9).  And He told them that whoever would listen to them would listen to Him (vs. 16).  Apparently, all this, and more, occurred, and on their return, Jesus shared in their joy, saying I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven (vs. 18).  Though He would eventually add a deeper dimension to that joy, I believe He and they joyfully heard the stories about all that they, and therefore He and His Father, had done.  Their joy was certainly full, but not complete without what eventually followed:  He said, do not rejoice [so much] that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven (vs. 20).  Rather than a rebuke of their joy, which He shared in, this was an encouragement to a deeper joy, one that is not dependent upon success, or happiness, or anything but The Love of God.  So, in whatever ways you rejoice in a healthy way, know that Jesus rejoices with you, but also that the Joy of the Lord is full in knowing that you will rejoice with him now, and forever.

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