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The Joy of Christ 12,13,2015
Dear friend,

May the peace and joy of Christmas be with us now and always, Amen.

Last Sunday we talked about how God made peace with us through the cross, and that by receiving that gift of peace through repentance and faith, we live in peace toward God and desire to live at peace with all people, if possible.. There may be broken relationships which we wish could be restored, but even in spite of these realities, our hearts are at peace.. We strive to live in forgiveness towards others since God through Christ has forgiven us.

Today we will hear of another state of being that we live in as Christians: Joy. The key verse will be the one in which Jesus says: "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." We will hear of how being connected to the Vine (Christ), staying connected in the Vine, continuing in His Word and being faithful to His Word all relate to His joy remaining in us as well as to the
increasing experience of His joy. (John 15:1-11)

The message of Christmas is contained in the Joy (Christ) Who was sent from heaven, the joy of the Child being born, the joy with which the angel proclaimed His birth, the joy in which the angels sang of the blessing He is bringing, the joy with which the shepherds ran to where He was born, the joy of seeing the Promise of God and the joy with which they returned to their place of work in the fields. The long promised Messiah had come to rescue us from sin and death! Hallelujah!!!!

In our text today, we are looking at the joy that Jesus referred to when He told His disciples: "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. What is that joy that He is referring to? It is very important to have a grasp on the relationship that the Father and His Son lived in in order to be able to understand the meaning of what it means for His joy to be in us, that it would remain in us and that it might be full.

KJV John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh (lifts up) away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, (cleanses) that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.



The Joy of Christ was evident in His life.

John 10;10b I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Hebtrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.


His joy was in His union with His Father in love and in truth.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

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His Joy Resulted from His Entire Surrender to His Calling.

John 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.


The Joy that flows from heaven towards the redemption of mankind has is evident throughout the Scriptures, as we have illustrated through introducing a new song today: Joy has dawned upon the creation! The union that the Father and Son live in cannot be overestimated as out of that joint union has come our redemption, and it was with joy that it was poured out and is continually poured out into all mankind. This is what Jesus is speaking about in verse 11.

KJV John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Now let us look at these verses in John 15:1-11 and see what He is referring to when He said 'These things I have spoken unto you".

KJV John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh (lifts up) away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it,(cleanses) that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. (positional)

Be in union with Me and My Father
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (Could a vine produce fruit without branches)?

No union, no Life
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Living in this Union, our prayers will be honored.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Abiding, then, requires a belief in the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
It is a dependence upon His provision of life and strength that is emphasized in John 15:4.
It is a belief and a relation with the person of Jesus Christ and His Word
Abiding in Christ means belief, dependence, and endurance.
Abiding in Christ in its simplest terms is trusting our Lord and obeying His word. There are no special techniques or formulas. It is as simple as our belief and behavior.
Abiding in Christ provides us with life and strength. It is the only way to fruitfulness.
Abiding in Christ assures us of answered prayer and an intimacy with Christ.


9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Let us conclude and think about this last verse in relation to how understand what Christ's joy was and how this joy is in our lives. Again, we point out that:

The Joy of Christ Was an Intense Reality,
His joy was in His union with His Father in love and in truth,
His Joy Resulted from His Entire Surrender to H is Calling.

There is joy in the union of the Father and Son in redeeming mankind.
There was/is joy in Jesus in doing His will in carrying out their mission.
There is joy in us within our union with the Father and Son.
Joy is an inner contentment despite one’s outer circumstances.
Joy isn’t primarily an emotion, it is a conviction.

It is the inner contentment of the soul that is actively responding to Jesus Christ.
G.K. Chesterton called this joy “the gigantic secret of the Christian.
It’s important to see that joy is being in union with Jesus, not something we have to try to drum up ourselves.


Joy is a byproduct of obedience
Joy is a reality that is ours through the knowledge that God has reconciled us to Himself through the cross, by His gracious gift we trust in that reality, and even if circumstances change in our lives, our relationship with Him now and forever cannot be shaken.

Joy is not the absence of suffering, It is the presence of God.
Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.

May we know the presence of God in every aspect of our lives as we continue to live in the union of love with God, with the Son and with the Spirit.
Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 15 Dec 2015 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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