Our Bible verse for today: “I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” John 15:5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Experience the joy of Jesus in your life.”
On Friday Jesus died a terrible death on a cross. That was Friday, but Sunday was coming. On Saturday Jesus was in the grave and His followers were in mourning. That was Saturday, but Sunday was coming. On Sunday Jesus arose from the grave – and nothing has been the same since!
The resurrection changes everything. Death has been defeated and the promise of a glorious eternal life in heaven now belongs to all those who place their faith in the Resurrected Savior.
Have you experienced the joy of Jesus in your life? All this month in our devotional series we’ve been exploring the concept of “Laugh Again”. The idea is that we don’t laugh enough and we don’t experience enough joy in life. Many of us have resigned ourselves to simply trudging through our days, wearing life like a heavy old coat, putting one foot in front of the other and simply getting through life. That shouldn’t be, and it’s not the life the Lord intends for us to experience. We need to learn to “laugh again”.
In John 15:5 Jesus said that one of the purposes of His ministry was so that we might have His joy in our hearts. That would make our joy complete. In Galatians 5:22-23 the Apostle Paul described for us what a life like that might look like. As a follower of Jesus embraces Him and learns to be more like Him this is a picture of what it will look like: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” This is the “completion” Jesus was talking about and it is a part of the Easter story. Easter is about eternal life, that’s true, but it is also about fullness of life now.
Most devotionals in this series have ended with a joke or a whimsical thought, but no jokes this morning. Instead I encourage you to simply spend a few moments thinking about the joy of Jesus in your life. I hope you are experiencing it in ever-increasing measure.
I also want to invite you to our Easter celebration at Oak Hill Baptist Church. We will serve an Easter morning buffet breakfast from 9:00-9:50 in the Fellowship Hall. During that time there will also be an Easter egg hunt for the children. Our Easter celebration service will begin at 10:00. Please join us! The love of Jesus and the joy of Jesus will be abundant supply!