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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

John 15:11

These things I have spoken to you that my joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full.
John 15:11

Jesus spoke these words to His disciples just hours before He went to the cross. He chose that time to speak to them of joy. They would soon be overcome with sorrow as they watched Him be betrayed, beaten, and crucified. But now He spoke to them about the fullness of joy.

Perhaps, Jesus was building on what the psalmist said, "In your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Psalm 16:11). The whole world seeks for this joy that is only found in Jesus, but they are looking in all the wrong places. Jesus said that He spoke all these things to His disciples so that they would experience His joy.

Like the psalmist, Jesus speaks of two aspects of joy. One has to do with duration and the other with quality. First, Jesus said that "my joy may remain in you", using the same Greek word translated "abide" earlier. The psalmist speaks of pleasures forevermore. Jesus is not only the way, the truth, and the life, but He is also the source of everlasting joy that depends on His character that never changes, not on ever-changing circumstances.

Secondly, Jesus spoke of the quality or magnitude of joy: "…that your joy may be full." This is not a shallow joy that is here for a moment and then gone. It is a deep and satisfying joy in the depths of your soul. It is what you were made for.

Nothing in this world can give us more than full joy, nor anything else that remains forever. Full joy now—pleasures forevermore. Don't be ripped off by settling for less than what only Jesus can give.

Tom Day



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