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Joy

The disciples of Jesus are to rejoice in the salvation brought about by the Messiah’s faithful life and death, and by the power of his resurrection.

Even in adversity, I should know the joy of Jesus the Messiah. Jesus shows up. I need to be ecstatic. I need to shout out and jump up and down.

Joy — Does the appearance of Jesus on the scene brings us joy?

The appearance of Jesus on the scene brings us so much joy. We are people of hope who exude good news.

  • Luke 2:8–11  — In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Master suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Master shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is the Messiah the Master.
  • John 3:27–29  — John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. “You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ “He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full.
  • John 8:56  — “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”

In the New Testament, “joy” is used for victory, as shown by the disciples returning with joy since even the evil spirits listened to them (Luke 10:17). However, the victory focuses more on salvation (Luke 15:7) — the presence of the Messiah, the bridegroom, gives reason for joy (John 3:29).

In the New Testament letters, joy is a desired attribute of the disciples. Paul expressed frequently the joy he had regarding the salvation of those he was writing to and prayed that they might be full of joy.