One Source Of Joy
“He was seen by Peter and then by the twelve apostles.”
~I Corinthians 15:5
Helen Steiner Rice wrote a poem titled, “Let Us Pray at This Glorious Easter Season”. The poem went like this: “What better time or more beautiful season...What greater occasion or more wonderful reason...To kneel down in prayer and thank God above...For eternal life the gift of His love...For in sending His Son to be crucified...He granted man life because His Son died...So at this glad season when there's joy everywhere...Let us meet our Redeemer at the altar of prayer.”
Webster's dictionary describes joy as: “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something good or satisfying”.
When people go about their daily routines how much joy is being shown? Do people reflect happiness on their faces as they are walking down the street, or as they push their grocery cart to their automobile in the parking lot? Sadly, for the most part, there is not much joy being reflected, is there? For many people their joy is affected by their current circumstances. When circumstances are running along effortlessly, they tend to radiate joy. However, during stressful times, their faces tend to frown and be ridged.
But let's turn our attention to the Bible where the emotion of joy and happiness were demonstrated by Jesus' appearances after His resurrection. Both the Book of Luke, and the Book of John confirm that joy and wonder were displayed by the Disciples during Jesus' appearances.
In the Book of Luke, when Jesus spoke to the Disciples, they thought they were seeing a ghost. However, Jesus “held out his hands for them to see, and He showed them his feet”. “Still they stood there doubting, (but they were) filled with joy and wonder”. It is difficult to comprehend the overflowing joy and happiness that the Disciples experienced when they saw Jesus.
In the Book of John, “on the first day of the week” the disciples were “meeting behind locked doors” because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders finding them. Suddenly Jesus was “standing there among them”. He said to them, “Peace be with you”. They were filled with joy when they saw their Lord.”
For God's people “what greater occasion or more wonderful reason” to ascertain the one source of joy is the Lord himself. There is a difference between the joy that you receive from daily life peaceful situations, and the joy of the Lord which is constant year after year, regardless of your circumstances. The Lord's joy transforms you, and produces happiness because of the presence of Jesus within your heart.
John Piper stated: “The best news of the Christian gospel is that the supremely glorious Creator of the universe has acted in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection to remove every obstacle between us and himself so that we may find everlasting joy in seeing and savoring his infinite beauty.
Lord God, thank You for Your presence within our heart so we may experience constant joy. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington