Jesus Christ Himself – The Source Of Our Joy
By Charles H. Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
“Jesus Christ Himself” is the source of all our joy. We ought to rejoice when we have such a springing well of blessedness! In times of sorrow, our solace is Jesus Himself. If Jesus is, indeed, my Brother, there is hope at all times! This is better balm than that of Gilead, “Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matt. 8:17). “For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted” (Heb. 2:18). Pain, hunger, thirst, desertion, scorn, and agony Jesus Himself has borne! Tempted in all like as we are, though without sin, He has become the Comforter of the sorrowful. Many and many a sufferer in the lone watches of the night has thought of Him, and felt his strength renewed. Our patience revives when we see the Man of Sorrows silent before His accusers. Who can refuse to drink of His cup, and to be baptized with His baptism? –
“His way was much rougher and darker than mine. Did Christ, my Lord suffer, and shall I repine?”
The darkness of Gethsemane has been light to many an agonized soul, and the passion, even unto death has made the dying sing for joy of heart. Jesus Himself is the solace of our soul in sorrow; and when we emerge from the storm of distress into the deep calm of peace, as we often do, blessed be His name, He is our peace! We never know deep peace of heart until we know the Lord Jesus Himself. Do you remember that sweet word when the disciples were met together, the doors being shut for fear of the Jews – “…Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you” (Luke 24:36)? Jesus Himself, you see, brought the message, for nothing but His presence could make it effectual! When we see Him, our spirit smells a sweet savor of rest. Where can an aching head find such another pillow as His bosom?
“…Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord” (John 20:20), and then are we, also, glad! By faith we see Jesus Himself enthroned, and this has filled us with delight, for His glorification is our satisfaction. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name” (Phil. 2:9). What a joy to think that Jesus is risen; risen to die no more! The joy of resurrection is superlative! What bliss to know that He has ascended, leading captivity captive! That He sits, now, enthroned in a happy state, and that He will come in all the glory of the Father to break His enemies in pieces, as with a rod of iron! Here lies the grandest joy of His expectant church. She has in reserve a mighty thunder of hosannas for that auspicious day!
Brethren, what must the unveiled vision be! If the sight of Him, here, is so sweet, what must it be to see Him hereafter! It may be we shall not live till He comes, for the Master may tarry. But if He does not come, and we are called to pass through the gate of death, we need not fear. Jesus Himself has said, “Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory…” (John 17:24).