Jesus’ Stubborn Delight

Hebrews tells us that it was “for the joy that was set before him” that Jesus “endured the cross (12:2).  The joy of being reconciled and reunited with His image-bearing-masterpieces-turned-enemies, who deserve wrath, not forgiveness, justice, not grace.  Joy – for you – is what kept Jesus going.  Through every slash of the whip, every pound of the nail, every agonizing breath, every shameful insult hurled from the mouths of His beloved enemies – it was for Jesus’s stubborn delight set before Him that He endured the cross.  The ingenuity of the Persians, the barbaric fine-tuning of the Romans, the wood, spikes, hammers, splinters and crown of thorns picked from a garden are all woven into the tapestry of grace as the only fitting way to capture God’s love for His image bearers.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 167-168

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What is Competing for Your Allegiance to Christ?

What is it that is competing for your allegiance to Christ?  You may have both hands on the plow, but what is it you keep looking back at?  Until you really have surrendered anything and everything over to Jesus and truly put him above all else in your life, you will not know the joy and satisfaction that finally comes when you go all-in.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page

The Treasure Worth Leaving Everything For

Jesus is the treasure worth leaving everything for.  Knowing Him will turn sacrifice into sweetness and duty into delight.  Even when your commitment to Him leads you to a cross, He will be a treasure that shrouds that cross in joy.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page

They Cannot Replace Preaching

Our generosity, joy, love and miraculous power only put on display the glorious gospel we proclaim with our words.  They cannot replace preaching.  Signs are only good if it is clear what they are signifying.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 233

The Joy of Learning to be Satisfied in Jesus

Learning to be satisfied in Jesus will free you to enjoy everything else.  Being fulfilled in Christ means that you no longer depend on other things for life and happiness.  That means you can enjoy them, because you are no longer enslaved by them.  The prospect of losing them doesn’t terrorize you.  And you can say “no” to them when they are not God’s will.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 84