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What Was The Joy Of Jesus?

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Hebrews 12:2 "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

There is a wonderful sermon/personal study on Jesus being our High Priest by Dr. John Piper that has knocked my socks off. :lol Here is is....Draw Near to the Throne of Grace with Confidence | Desiring God. My Son Skip testifies to the fact that God healed the depression and despair that was on him as the result of the stroke that crippled him. He said that on the fourth reading & prayerfully studying it, he was healed. All glory to God.

This is the back drop of my reason to study the book of Hebrews and to prayerfully study Dr. Piper's writing today. I must say, I am experiencing a very very close communion with the presence of the Holy Spirit as I continue to study this work of Piper. So far, I have studied it three times and am on my fourth. I have found that there is great food for the hungry heart here, and living water for the thirsty. Draw up to the Lord's table my friends and drink and eat this heavenly meal, go back for seconds, thirds and so on.

I'd like to share with you, my friends, what's going thru my heart/mind as I've been studying Piper's words and Hebrews Hebrews 4:14–5:3.

First of all, I'm pretending that I'm one of Jesus' students observing Jesus' last words here on earth....Acts 1:9 "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight."....This is what Hebrews says about that....Hebrews 4:14 "Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession."

Now, Jesus was just with us, and we understood that because He fulfilled all of the Old Covenant Laws and was the fulfillment of them, He became our Great High Priest. The KJV doesn't give justice to verse 14 because it only says that Jesus "is passed into the heavens" where as the ESV says, "passed through the heavens."

O my!! Can you just imagine the excitement in the recovering heart of Jesus Who just three days ago had to endure such excruciating beating and torture of the cross. That is behind Him now, and the realization of what He came to do was in it's beginning stages of reality. It's JOY folks!! Can you imagine? Jesus' joy was to become my/our final sacrifice for original sin thru Adam, and all my personal sins and yours. Jesus' joy was to set us free from the bondage of sin and set us free to become children of His Father.

O wow!! As Jesus was passing up thru the clouds and on toward where His Father was waiting for Him, I think that the joy that Jesus was experiencing was unlike anything that we've even known. Just the joy of reunion with His Father as He was before coming to the earth was part of the excitement. I can't really explain what's in my heart as I try and think about that scene of Jesus leaving the earth and His ministry there, and embarking on His new ministry of intercession for us as He is seated next to His Father.

I wonder how it must have felt when He finally sat down next to His Father. Wow, just the holy holy warm greeting from Father to Son. O the embrace!! I can only imagine. Talk about welcome home my good and faithful Servant. That gives new meaning to me.

Well, I've tried to relate the wonder that's in my heart over these few Scriptures. We have a High Priest!! And you know the good part? He loves you and me. He also intercedes for us, how could we ever forget that? WE WON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Was not the joy of Jesus also in the perfect Vision ? What do we see or how blind do we remain?

"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." Prov 29:18

And then...

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." I Cor 13:12

Jesus already had such a face to face vision and already knew rather than simply having a blind hope and as for us...?

Walking without seeing clearly [still through a "glass darkly"] is certainly not a bad thing, is it?

"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." John 20:29

By faith in God we are to walk and in that walk we will have a vision which will become clearer, that is closer to the "face to face" as we approach Him until the time of faith is also finished:

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Heb 12:2

When our faith is finished shall I [we] then know even as also I am [we are] known" ?

No wonder He had Joy! No wonder when we see it we likewise have Joy!
 
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who for the joy that was set before him
For me I would say Jesus's "joy" was his Church!!! Jesus kept his vision on each and every member of his Church which caused him to endure the pain, and suffering of the cross, this is why the scripture tells us to "looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down on the right hand of God" He looked not at the things seen, but at the things not seen by faith. I believe this is confirmed in this scripture.

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

We are to overcome in exactly the same way he did!!!! Jesus looked to us as we were his joy, and we are to look to him as he is our Joy!!!!
 
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For me I would say Jesus's "joy" was his Church!!! Jesus kept his vision on each and every member of his Church which caused him to endure the pain, and suffering of the cross, this is why the scripture tells us to "looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is not sit down on the right hand of God" He looked not at the things seen, but at the things not seen by faith. I believe this is confirmed in this scripture.

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

We are to overcome in exactly the same way he did!!!! Jesus looked to us as we were his joy, and we are to look to him as he is our Joy!!!!
There seems to be an error in the Scripture that you posted. This is what you posted...."looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is not sit down on the right hand of God"

The correct rendering of Hebrews 12:2 is.... "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Other than that, I liked what you wrote, thank you, He is our Joy!!

[Edit : Curtis' post has now been corrected - thanks for pointing it out]
 
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There seems to be an error in the Scripture that you posted. This is what you posted...."looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is not sit down on the right hand of God"

The correct rendering of Hebrews 12:2 is.... "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Other than that, I liked what you wrote, thank you, He is our Joy!!
Yep, sometimes my hands do not correlate with my thinking. the word "not" should have been "now", plus I was just going by memory of this verse, not copy and pasting as I usually do.

[Edit : your post has now been corrected]
 
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Greetings @Chopper

Have you read Andrew Murray's 'The Holiest Of All'? An exposition of the epistle to the Hebrews.
One point to keep in mind is that Hebrews was written to the Hebrews, not to 'Gentiles'.

Bless you ....><>
 
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Greetings @Chopper

Have you read Andrew Murray's 'The Holiest Of All'? An exposition of the epistle to the Hebrews.
One point to keep in mind is that Hebrews was written to the Hebrews, not to 'Gentiles'.

Bless you ....><>
I have read a lot of Andrew Murray's works like, "Absolute Surrender" which is my favorite, but don't remember if I've ever read "The Holiest Of All". I'll look it up and read it. Coming from you Mr. Bear, it's got to be a good one. Thanks.
 

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