We have a deep longing to be happy in this life. At times happiness seems fleeting and temporary. It is dictated by how we feel depending on our pleasurable external circumstances whereas joy in Jesus is a gift from God which brings an internal unshakable gladness of heart regardless of the external circumstances.
Because of the joy awaiting Jesus, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now, He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Jesus was crucified to save mankind from eternal damnation, so that we can have a restored relationship with God and inherit eternal life. Therefore, we ought to be grateful and thankful as joyful followers of Christ.
-George Lee, Assistant Pastor