Last night I was having a conversation with my mom about Christ and His death on the cross for us. We were listening to worship music and both were in that state that you should constantly be in. That state is meditating upon, and being satisfied in the Person of Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. My mom was saying that the cross had become so much more real to her after seeing a shadow of Christ’s death on the cross while she hiking. Meditating upon the death of Christ is what satisfies us, and makes us have joy; this only because He lived, died, and rose again, for us.
The joy that Jesus was scourged till He could see all of His bones, beaten, hit in the face, crushed, bruised, spit-upon, mocked, had a crown of thorns twisted into His skull, carried a cross beam weighing over 100 pounds up to Golgotha, where His precious hands and feet were nailed and pierced through, then was raised up outside of His home town on that cross, as His filleted back was going up and down, scraping against the hard splintery wood, for 8 hours straight. But this does not compare to what our Lord actually did for us. He was forsaken by the Father. On that cross Jesus took the wrath of God that we deserved for our sins. He was separated for the first time for the Father and the Holy Spirit; that perfect union of the Trinity was broken, for us. Jesus did not only take our physical death but He took our spiritual death. Hell was poured out upon Christ on Golgotha for us.
This is joy. That God takes the damnation that we deserve, and instead of giving us the judgement of hell He takes it for us.
By now your wondering why I went through Christ’s death for us when this post is clearly about the joy of heaven. Why’d I do that? Because that is the joy of heaven. John Piper states it like this:
“The critical question for our generation— and for every generation— is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?”
Absolutely not. There is no joy without Jesus there. A heaven without Jesus is hell. The joy of heaven is that wrath deserving, hell-bound, rebellious creatures are redeemed because of the death of their Creator. And our Creator will have the marks to prove that we are His.
When we finally return home, the joy is that Jesus will look at us and we will see Him face to Face. And we will see Him, as a Lamb slain( Revelation 5), and we will fall down before our King, and never stop praising Him. Never stop loving Him. Never stop thanking Him.
Come to Jesus today. He wants to save you from eternal hell, and satisfy your every desire in Himself. Meditate upon His deep, deep, love for you today.
Father, praise You. Thank You for loving us so much that You sent Your One and only begotten Son that all who believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life. Thank You Lord Jesus, for everything You have done. Help us to know You and meditate upon You and Your love. Thank You that You are the joy of heaven. And that we will look upon You, our Savior, our God, and our Lord, and see what you have done for us, and praise You forever. Thank You Jesus. Holy Spirit thank You that You pour the Love of the Father abroad into our hearts. Would You do that today, we receive You now. Thank You Lord. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.