Any endeavor that is undertaken requires much preparation. There is the laying out of plans and determining the cost and time involved. Then one has to acquire the equipment and materials necessary for ultimate completion.

      I think of Columbus as he set sail across what was believed in his day to be a flat sea of water. Can’t you feel the joy that must have welled up in his chest as he saw land appearing beyond the horizon? He and his crew must have leaped for joy!

     Then I think of Thomas Edison who failed thousands of times in the development of the light bulb. But the 25,000th time he realized success. As he flipped that switch and “there was light”, he must have leaped, and clicked his heels multiple times before landing on the floor again!

     Now look back beyond time, as we know it, to a time when there was nothing but God and the vast emptiness of space. Then at a moment in eternity past when God wanted more than the emptiness of space, He flung the stars into space, He hung the planets from nothing over the vastness of ethereal waves looking beyond nothing. Then out of nothing he created the most beautiful of all the planets – Earth!

     As God stood back in the expanse of eternity and beheld the handiwork of His hands, joy filled the expanse of the universe as the stars sang and the sons of God shouted for joy. Job 38:7. (NKJV). Read the first 6 verses also.

     Now Jesus is working on His new creation to bring redemption to mankind. He has just pointed out who His betrayer is, given a new commandment, has predicted Peter’s denial, promised to send a Helper, assures He will leave His peace and declares that He is the true vine.

     Then Jesus states, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, AND THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL.”. These are strange words from one about to be crucified. Jesus’ joy was union with and the presence of the Father Who had “anointed Him with the oil of gladness above His companions”, Psalms 45:7b (NKJV).

     No doubt everyone has heard the story of the Dutch boy who made himself a small toy sail boat to play with on the ocean shore. One day he lost it in the sand as the waves rolled in. Later someone found it and sold it to a used toy store. One day while walking aimlessly down the street, the Dutch boy saw his little sail boat in a window. He went inside and inquired about it. The store owner gave the boy a price and he bought back his little sail boat. As he walked out the store, holding his boat close to himself, he said, “You are my little sail boat two times – first I made you, now I have bought you back.”

     That my friend, is the way it is with Jesus. We are His by creation, but now we are twice His, in that He has now bought us back with his shed blood on Calvary. The stars sang when He created the worlds and all that is, but with joy Christ went to the cross to buy us back.

     It was Jesus’ joy to go to the cross. The writer of Hebrews expresses it so clearly, “. . . let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”. Heb. 12:1b, 2. (NKJV)

     Every spring as we are leaving winter behind the trees look so drab being so bear with remaining dead buds and leaves from the year before. Then suddenly the old dead leaves and dried up buds begin to drop naturally, from off the trees, when the new buds of spring begin to put themselves out. As the new affection come and dwell in the heart the old is expelled. What ever you give up for Christ you get back from Christ, better, more beautiful, more blessed, more joyful and a possession forever.

     Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don         



                                                                                                                   Updated Jan 16, 2012
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