“Though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9).
Jesus is the salvation of joy. “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3). We are immersed in the springs of joyfulness!
We have heard the joyful sound—Jesus saves! Jesus saves!—Priscilla J Owens.
Roy Lessin, in his blog, 4-4-12, says Jesus’ best day was not when He performed His first miracle at the wedding in Cana, or the feeding of the 5,000, and not even when He raised Lazarus from the dead.
All of these moments were filled with awe and wonder, happiness and celebration, blessing and delight, but none of these moments compare with the joy that was set before Him.
Jesus’ best day was not a “most fun” day, but the day of His greatest suffering—when He went to the cross. Charles Spurgeon said, “The wounds of Jesus are His glory.”
From our human perspective, everything about that cruel cross looks like His worst day.
His beaten body, the pain of the nails being driven into His hands and feet, the agony and the shame, His blood poured out—all of these point to seeming failure and defeat if we do not understand the reason for His suffering. The events that preceded the cross only seem to heighten the sense of failure—the betrayal, the false witness brought against Him, the illegal trial, the mockery, the spitting, the pulling out of His beard, the lashing of His flesh, the crown of thorns.
The cross was Jesus’ best day because He did the will of His Father, because He glorified and pleased the Father through His obedience, and because He finished the work the Father sent Him to do. The cross was His best day because it meant the day of salvation, the day of redemption, and the fulfillment of the day that was foreordained before foundation of the world. . . Jesus said, “It was for this very purpose that I have come to this hour.”
The origin of our joy is salvation. If we truly know Him, our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!
Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, He made it possible for this moment, this day to be your very best day. “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 3:7). There is rejoicing in Heaven’s throne room with angelic praise when one sinner repents! (Luke 15:10).
Yesterday He died for me, died for me—This is history.
Today He lives for me, lives for me—This is victory.
Tomorrow He comes for me, comes for me—This is mystery.
O friend, do you know Him? know Him? Jesus Christ the Lord!—Jack Wyrtzen