Joy Now Ours
September 25, 2022

Joy Now Ours

Passage: Colossians 1:12-14, Colossians 1:21-23, Colossians 1:24-27
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Joy Now Ours

It is possible for us to wrongly focus on the person of Jesus. For example, Isaiah refers
to him as a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. We could concentrate so totally on
his intense suffering and brutal crucifixion that we obscure a pivotal truth announced in
Hebrews 12:2: “Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be
his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation …” Jesus’ joy is of
such vitality and invincibility as to cause the combined malice and deceit of man’s
disobedience to pale in comparison. Isaiah and Hosea, as referenced by the Apostle
Paul, say this: “Death is swallowed up in victory! So, death, tell me, where is your
victory? Tell me death, where is your sting?” (Isa. 25:8, Hosea 13:14, 1 Cor. 15:54,55)
Joy, then, for all its elusiveness, is powered by the inexhaustible, unquenchable, energy
of the Godhead. And to think that this joy, his joy, is now ours!
Colossians 1:12-14, 21-23, 24-27

1. vv. 12-14 – The ______________________________________________of
our joy

2. vv. 21-23 – The ______________________________________________of
our joy

3. vv. 24-27 – The _____________________________________________t of
our joy

Celebration is a way of engaging in actions that orient the spirit, the transcendent
dimension within us, to worship, praise, and thanksgiving. We celebrate because our
souls love it. We celebrate because God is the most joyous being in the universe.
(taken from The Good and Beautiful YOU, by James Bryan Smith)

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