Anticipation of Joy

We read in Isaiah about a wonderful day when the general curse of sin upon this world will be removed. A day when dry deserts will flourish and the blind, deaf, and lame will be healed.

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; (Isaiah 35:1-2, 5–6, ESV)

When Jesus came He gave us glimpses of Kingdom power and tastes of Paradise restored.

Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” (Matthew 11:2–6, ESV)

One day the Kingdom Jesus allowed us a glimpse into will become an eternal reality: Paradise restored.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Rev. 21:4–5, ESV)

I look forward to that day. I long for a time where there is no sickness nor death. When I think about it, it gives me joy. As we await that great day, we can experience joy by obeying the teachings of Jesus.

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:10–11, ESV)

As we await for Paradise to be restored, let us sacrificially love others as Jesus did by helping to ease the impact of sin upon this world.

David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat.