When you reminisce about your life, isn’t there a mixture of both joyful and sorrowful memories that flow through your mind? It was Jesus’ will to share fully in human life, and so both joys and sorrows were a part of his life too. But the final experience of Jesus’ life was joy. Suffering and crucifixion gave way to the resurrection, and his resurrection brought an ecstatic joy that would last without end.
What happened to Jesus will also happen to us. Jesus told us that he was going to prepare a place for us, so that where he was, we also would be. We are destined to share in Jesus’ resurrected life. In that new life, our joy will no longer be partial or temporary.
Our joy will be ecstatic and eternal. And as our love and knowledge of God and God’s creation continue to grow, so will our joy! This life is good, but there is even greater goodness yet to come. Think about how magnificent that will be!
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