Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…” [Hebrews 12:2a]

Ever had those moments when you thought – wait a minute – this is too good to be true!  Well so did the disciples.  “But while they still did not believe for joy…”  [Luke 24:41a].  Their joy was in seeing the risen Lord with the natural eye, yet they had a hard time believing.   Still the joy at least momentarily was theirs.

Are we not as all men – seeing can mean believing, but the joy is often momentary?  The moment circumstances are not as we expect our faith wavers or flies through the window.

Only when believing becomes seeing does our joy becomes full.    Only when believing becomes seeing do we walk by faith and not by sight.   And God’s ways will release joy.  Vance Havner put it this way.  “Although the New Testament centers on the cross… its note from beginning to end is one of triumphant joy.  It begins with an angel chorus and ends with rejoicing around the throne.”

The response of Jesus was… guys I told you so… ”…all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning me”   His presence not only gave them joy but opened their understanding.  “He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” [Luke 24:45]

So two things this morning in His presence there is Light and there is Joy!   The Light is for your understanding and the Joy is for your strength.  This is the fruit of repentance and remission of sins.  This is the influence and the witness we have to give the world.  He is Risen, He is Risen indeed!

Further Reading:  Isaiah 12; Psalm 16:11; Nehemiah 8:10; Romans 14:17