Lord’s Day, April 8, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 14:33-57; Psalm 119:41-72; Mark 5:1-20

Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame. Hebrews 12:2
Behold, Jesus met them, saying, [Oh joy]! Matthew 28:9

Multiple motives brought our Saviour to the cross. His love. His grace. His compassion. Here is another. Joy! A divine joy that was set before Him—fallen sinners who would come by faith to the forgiveness ground of Calvary; there to find blessed intimacy with Him. As this little band of women departed the empty tomb, behold, Jesus met them. As He gazed upon them, the bewildered and frightened first fruits of His salvation’s mighty harvest, He said, “Oh Joy”! And they worshipped Him. —S. McEachern

Through death into life everlasting, He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—for more than conquerors we are! —Helen Howarth Lemmel