“But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.” – John 17:13
This is one of those things that I’ve read so many times. But if you asked me what the purpose of Jesus’ words were, I probably couldn’t tell you and would have said that it wasn’t it the Bible.
So, what is the purpose of Jesus’ words? He tells us here “that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves”. The purpose of Jesus speaking was for our joy. It wasn’t just for any joy. It’s Jesus’ own joy.
The verb tense of the Greek word telling us that believers “may have” Jesus’ joy tells us that it is a process we are continually going through. We should be increasing in joy, day by day. And that joy is not something that increases without our effort. We need to be familiar with all Jesus said to us. And we have a flawless record of all He has spoken and all He has intended for us in the Bible.
Want to grow in joy? If you’re a Christian you should be willing to grow and actually growing in joy. So read your Bible and become familiar with Jesus and the full joy, His joy, He has for you!