John 19:16-33; 1Peter 1:3-9 

There has been rejoicing in Denver over the success of the baseball team, the Colorado Rockies.  People like to be a part of something that causes joy.  Because of recent losses, this joy is beginning to fade.   Is it possible to have a joy that never ends? 

The Promise of Jesus

  • John 16:16-24 – Jesus tells them to ask so that their joy won’t fade.  He knew that the disciples were going to see him die, and yet he wanted them to know that they could have eternal joy.  Today, people suffer from negative emotions because of stressful events.  If negative emotions come from bad experiences why can’t positive emotions stay with us from the love God showed by giving his son so that we can be with him.   Instead of bitterness and negativity how about joy and peace?  The reality is that we can tap into this joy at anytime.
  • Disciple’s Response – John 20:20, John 2:17 – Jesus is alive and these close friends are joyful. 

The Encouragement of The Gospel Writers

  • The Words of Peter -1 Peter 1:3-9 – Even though we go through pain and suffering, the joy is still given to those who put their faith in Jesus Christ.  This joy is related to the love God has for us and our love for Jesus.  If we aren’t feeling joy, we should look at our hearts.
  • The Example Of Paul – Philippians 3:4-11, 3:1, 4:4 – Paul could throw away all the physical things he had for the love of Christ.  Paul wanted the resurrection of the dead for himself.  He wanted the joy for his life.  If there is something holding you back from this joy, throw it away.

The Victory of Jesus Christ

  • 1 Corinthians 15:53-57 – We can experience the victory over death, by our belief in Jesus.  Christ’s victory is our victory. 

Rocktober will end, because the things of this world will not last.  God has provided a way to never ending joy. 

—Robert Lee, 10-28-08, a.m.

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