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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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August 13, 2013 - The Redeemer's Joy

By Violet Schoonmaker

When we consider the greatness of the suffering and shame our Lord endured on the cross, we are forced to conclude He must have had a mighty incentive. We read in Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) that it was "the joy that was set before him" that moved Him to endure the cross and disregard the shame. This "joy" must be beyond human comprehension.

Do the Scriptures give us any light as to what that joy can be?

We read in Philippians 2:9 that because of Christ's sufferings, God "hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name." We read in Psalm 24:7-10 of the everlasting doors of heaven being lifted up for Him, the King of glory, when He returned there as a conqueror. But we do not believe that the joy of these things alone was the joy set before our Lord.

1. It was the joy of "seeing his seed" and the "travail of his soul" (Isaiah 53:10,11). It was the joy of a mother, as she clasps her newborn babe to her breast and forgets her pain and anguish for the joy that a child has been born into the world (John 16:21). It was the joy of "bringing many sons unto glory" (Hebrews 2:10).

2. It was the joy of the shepherd bringing his lost sheep home (Luke 15:4-7). "The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10).

3. It was the joy of the "Lamb of God" taking away the sin of the world (John 1:29). The world had been made by Him and for Him. It had been spoiled by sin and its consequences. He would strike a death-blow to all these things and create a new world in which dwelleth righteousness.

4. It was the joy of doing His Father's will (Psalm 40:8).

5. It was the joy of the Bridegroom taking out of the nations a pure spotless bride and presenting her "before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy" (Jude 24).

We can share in Christ's joy. Is such joy worth suffering and shame? Jesus thought it was. Let us rejoice inasmuch as we are partakers of Christ's sufferings so that, when His glory shall be revealed, we "may be glad also with exceeding joy" (1 Peter 4:13).

— Excerpted from "The Redeemer's Joy" by Violet Schoonmaker, originally published in the August 21, 1960, Pentecostal Evangel.




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