“But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.”-John 17:13
Jesus was often teaching his disciples about life in the kingdom of God, but his instruction was never merely about doctrinal precision nor “basic instructions before leaving earth.” His words were intended to kindle joy. It is doctrinally true that Jesus died for our sins and that we are justified by his blood. More importantly, though, our justification is a source of profound joy, if we will allow it to be. It is doctrinally true that our identity is united with Christ, yet there is no greater joy than reveling in this reality.
Jesus, your words about who you are and what you’ve done are causes for profound joy. Yet too often the doctrines of the faith are disconnected from the life I actually live. Help me to know the true and palpable joy that is found in you. Amen.