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05/28/06
Jesus has joy to see you walk in truth! Keep searching for those answers. You'll find them.
05/31/06
You ask a good question that most of us might miss, or take for granted. I think that "joy that was set before him" (Heb 12:2) is to be found in the redemption of our souls. The goal for which He died is way beyond superficial happy thoughts, but is deep, quiet, rejoicing, like that of the father, whose prodigal son finally came home.
06/21/06
Thought provoking, so here is my thought. Jesus endured the cross because of the joy set before Him. I think it is the same joy that brought Him here; "Us." We were the prize; the promise. He restored intimate relationship, giving us the abililty to experience His presence and say "Our Father."

How worth it,it was to snatch those keys of hell death and the grave.

Thank you for reminding me that I am His joy. I hope this goes so deep that I experience "joy" simply because He loves me.
This is very well written and very thought provoking. What brings Jesus joy? I think this is a question we must each answer from our own experience. The things you mentioned, (so well I might add) were all things that make one happy. Joy is different. It doesn't leave when the experience is over.

I can know what brings Jesus joy only by the intimacy I experience in our relationship. As I draw closer to Him and spend time in His presence, I can feel His emotions, desires, likes and dislikes, and even His joy. He lives inside me. I can feel His presence. I can't answer for anyone else, but His joy can be just as real to me as His sadness when I sin. Both are just as real to Him and to me.
06/21/06
Like the way you laid out stepping stones to prepare the reader to answer this question in their own life. Thank you for sharing, you are a blessing!