How is it possible that one could endure such agony, loneliness, shame, and horror of the cross, yet experience joy in doing so?
Jesus endured the cross to:
1. Experience the joy of making God KNOWN. John 17:1
‘to glorify’ means to ‘make known’
Satan misrepresented the nature and character of God. Jesus came to reveal His love, grace and mercy.
2. Experience the highest personal achievement. John 15:11-14
Jesus understood that without the cross…
there is no resurrection.
there no demonstration of eternal life.
there is no message of redemption for the world.
3. Experience the joy of RESCUING you and me. John 3:16
We were slaves and He set us free.
We were guilty and He accepted the punishment.
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