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For the Joy

It’s Easter again – a wonderful season to remember Jesus and His finished work on the cross (His Death and Resurrection). Why did Jesus totally commit to His death on the cross? There was every temptation to deviate from the cross experience. He experienced the worse kind of pain but chose to endure it. The bible says in Hebrews 12:2;

"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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

So he endured the cross because of the joy that was set before him. What was the joy that was set before him? …you and me. We were the joy that was set before him. On that cross Jesus saw me – Sam and you – Mr/Ms, and decided I will endure the cross for their sake, yes, for you and me. Wow.

So He endured the cross for us all, despising the shame, and in-fact rose again for us. The end of the scripture in Hebrews 12:2 says … and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. What is Jesus doing at the right hand of the throne? …interceding for us continually (Romans 8:34)

Two thousand years ago, Jesus through His death on the cross and His resurrection, completely destroyed: the yoke of sin, the veil of separation from God’s presence, sickness and the power of the grave – death. (Romans 6:14, Mark 15:38, Isaiah 53:5, Isaiah 25:8, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

- Now we can live free from sin in/through the righteousness of Jesus (well that’s how God beholds us), (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21)
- and therefore in a more intimate relationship with God (as close to him as you want to be) by the Holy Spirit,
- and we can live in divine health (soundness of body and mind).
- Also, by his resurrection we are risen with Him (Colossians 3:1-4) and will be glorified with Him.
- And remember we are now co-heirs (Romans 8:17)… the list just goes on…

Halleluyah, Jesus and His selfless work on the cross - what a great gift. You too can start your Easter journey; begin the exciting walk with Jesus today. Friend, there’s never a dull moment with Him.

Happy Easter and remain forever blessed.

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