Joyful Jesus (7 December 2018)

Morning Encounter:


When the seventy-two followers returned, they were excited and said, “Lord, even the demons obeyed when we spoke in your name!”

Jesus told them:

I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. I have given you the power to trample on snakes and scorpions and to defeat the power of your enemy Satan. Nothing can harm you. But don’t be happy because evil spirits obey you. Be happy that your names are written in heaven!

At that same time, Jesus felt the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit, and he said:

My Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I am grateful that you hid all this from wise and educated people and showed it to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that is what pleased you.

(Luke 10.17-21)


Once again we see the joy in Jesus, this time as his followers return home from a mission trip and explain all that they had experienced. This is the start of the greatest rescue mission of all time and Jesus is joyful at hearing their stories. He is exuberant, filled with thrilling joy in the Holy Spirit at their news. But the real ground for rejoicing is that their names are written in heaven.


Can you imagine Jesus this joyful, perhaps even leaping around in exuberant praise? Practice joy by taking time to thank God for every good thing that happens today.

Midday Meditation:

Jesus is not your accuser. He’s not your prosecutor. He’s not your judge. He’s your friend and your rescuer. Like Zacchaeus, just spend time with Jesus. Don’t hide from him in shame or reject him in self-righteousness. Don’t allow the opinions of other people to shape your concept of him. Get to know him for yourself, and let the goodness of God change you from the inside out.”

(Judah Smith Jesus Is)

Evening Reflection:

I lay my head to rest and in doing so lay at your feet
the faces I have seen
the voices I have heard
the words I have spoken
the hands I have shaken
the service I have given
the joys I have shared
the sorrows revealed
I lay them at your feet
and in doing so
lay my head to rest 

(Celtic Evening Prayer)

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