Thursday, January 5, 2012

Our Joy To The World

1 John 1:1-4  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;  (2)  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)  (3)  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  (4)  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
            In this letter, John the Apostle writes about his personal, physical contact with Our Lord Jesus.   He teaches we are to have a “joyful” experience with The Lord Jesus, “the Word of life.”  Yet, within that “joy” lies a narrow road on which we must travel.  By traveling this narrow road with Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus, our “joy” will be eternally fulfilled.

Matthew 7:13-14  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  (14)  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The day we accepted Jesus as our Saviour was the day we found the “strait gate.”  We are now on the “narrow… way” and have removed ourselves from the “broad…way.”  We can now seek His/our “joy” and walk with Jesus knowing we will be with Him forever and ever.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

            Now we understand that “Joy To The World” is “fellowship…with the Father.”  In this “fellowship” we find the “joy” that is the wonderful calm. 
            How did we come to have this fellowship?  It is explained in The Book of John. 

John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

God sent His Son, His Only Begotten Son Jesus, (born of a Virgin) to earth to show us The Way to Him/Our Joy.   Jesus lives to see the Lost come to Him. 

Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Jesus died on that “Old Rugged Cross” to secure His position as our “Passover Lamb.”  Through His blood, we are secure and eternally His.   Jesus became “Our Joy To The World.”
            “Reader, can you say you know (without a doubt) that your “Joy” is being fulfilled?  Do you have that peace/calm God gives when we are secure in Him?  Do you know without a doubt if you died today that Heaven would be your eternal home?  You can know.  Open your heart and mind, and seek God through His Son Jesus.  Seek Him and know.  Let Him be your fulfilled Joy.”

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas   Fundamental Thoughts

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