Fullness of Joy

Joy is a deep-seated confidence and contentment that transcends circumstances. It is the assurance that we are loved, valued, and chosen by God. When we abide in Christ, His words and teachings will dwell in us, and His joy becomes a part of our lives. It is a joy that remains steadfast, regardless of the challenges we face.

What a Love! What a Sacrifice! What a Savior!

As we look towards Resurrection Sunday, let us not neglect Good Friday. Let us earnestly take the time to reflect on the death of our Savior. I am reminded of the words of the apostle Paul: “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). This day is a solemn reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for our sins.

The Heart of the Savior

The context of the circumstances here are grim. The picture of Jesus, His body ripped and torn from the beatings and scourging. The crimson blood streaming down from the crown of thorns mixing with the tears streaming down our Saviors face. The executioners drive the stakes through His hands and feet, sending unimaginable shockwaves of pain as they rent through nerves and flesh. It is in this very moment that, quite possibly, we see the best example for prayer ever displayed within the confines of time and space.