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The Wonderful Joy of Jesus (25 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
As you are turning to John 15... I wonder how many of us here this morning are known as being joyful saints? Do you know what one of the great tragedies of the modern day church is? Joyless Christians! Gloomy Christians!
By the way some of us live and worship... you would think that Jesus was still in the grave! I don't know anything that hurts the cause of Jesus and the church of Jesus any more than a joyless... gloomy Christian!
There is no greater evidence that Jesus lives and that Jesus saves than a born-again... spirit-filled... joyful Christian!
Evangelist Billy Sunday was right when he said, ''if you have no joy in your religion... you have a leak in your Christianity somewhere.''
The Bible says, ''serve the Lord with gladness.'' Nehemiah said, ''the joy of the Lord is your strength.'' We sing, ''Joy to the World, the Lord has come'' and yet the world sees very little joy coming from the lives of those who sing it most.
You say, ''But Ernest... how can I experience joy while facing life's struggles?'' Well... when you come to John 15... Jesus was facing the cross... facing a beating... facing those nails... facing a mockery of a trial! And look what He says in verse 11, ''These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.''
Do you know what we need today? The wonderful joy of Jesus! It's the birthmark of every child of God!
Now last Sunday back in John 14.27... Jesus talked about His peace. ''Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you...''
Now it is wonderful when we get out of the ditch of despair and onto the pathway of peace! But do you know what's even better? You say, ''Ernest, how could anything be better than having peace during the storms of life?'' It's having His Joy added to His peace!
You see... He not only makes available to His children... His Peace... but His Jo ...
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