Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Joy Comes in the Morning!

The word “joy” defined by Strong’s Concordance means “a shout of rejoicing, loud cheering in triumph, singing.” It’s the kind of joyful shout at the time of a great victory.

Psalm 30:5 - “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” I am writing this blog on “Good Friday,” as we remember that dark hour in Jesus’ life when as an innocent lamb, He was nailed to the cross between two thieves and bore the weight of all the sins of mankind, past, present, and future “For He made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  (2 Corinthians 5:21)

A divine exchange took place at His cross. It was this: “All of the evil consequences we deserved because of our sin was placed upon Jesus, so that all of the good that was due upon Jesus might be made available to us!”  We owed a debt that we could never pay, but Jesus paid for our debt which He did not owe. The penalty for our sin was paid once for all with His own blood. Hebrews 10:10 - “By the will of God we have been “set apart” from our sin through the offering of Jesus Christ once for all.”

So “Good Friday” is a somber day as we think of the pain and sorrow and tears that was suffered and shed on our behalf. They were long hours of injustice and deep humiliation and His cup was a horridly bitter cup of suffering.  When, finally, the torture was ended and Jesus had spoken the words “It is finished,” He bowed His head and “gave up His spirit.” (John 19:30) His tears of sorrow and pain ended.

BUT SUNDAY’S A COMIN’!  Bill Gaither wrote the song “Then came the morning, night turned into day; the stone was rolled away, hope rose with the dawn! Then came the morning, shadows vanished before the sun; death had lost and life had won, for morning had come!”  When Jesus Christ rose from the dead and came out of the grave, Jesus met the two Mary’s who were on their way to the tomb and told them to “Rejoice!” The sorrow was over. Joy had come in the morning!

Today is a day of rejoicing and loud cheering in triumph because our great God and Savior is alive! His resurrection reveals that He has authority over all powers on the earth, including death itself. Because He lives, we can face tomorrow with hope in our hearts! Celebrate His life today!!