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Monday, March 21, 2016

Fix Your Eyes on Easter Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today? In preparation for Easter, it’s just what we need!

            The theme of our Joy Juice devotionals this week will be “The JOY of Easter”!  Sunday we will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.  That’s the part of the story that brings us such JOY!!  But for this to occur, He first had to die.  

The joy for us as Christians is that His love was so great that He WILLINGLY did this for us.  John 3:16 tells us clearly that: “For God so loved the world,  that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

According to that scripture, the purpose of his life was to offer himself as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. The Bible says that Jesus became sin so that we could be forgiven and found righteous in God’s sight (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus was so certain of his purpose that he predicted when and how he would die (Matthew 26:2). 

Do you know your purpose?  Simply put, it is to glorify God.  As Hebrews 12:2 says: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (NIV)
Jesus looked beyond the suffering, shame and death he knew was to come and focused on the joy that would be.

            Join me this week of Easter as we “fix our eyes on Jesus.”  It is only because of Him that we can experience the “joy” of Jesus every day!

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