“You love justice and hate evil. Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else” (Hebrews 1:9, NLT).

Try to picture Jesus and what do you see? A man with a sad look on his face, perhaps with tears forming in his eyes? Most of us have grown up seeing the painting of a sad looking Jesus by Warner Sallman. I prefer the smiling Jesus portrayed by Bruce Marchiano in the movie The Visual Bible – Matthew. In preparation for the role, he read a book that talked about the joy Jesus experienced, suggesting he must have smiled a lot.

Yes, he was a man acquainted with sorrow (Isaiah 53:3) but as the verse above says, he was also a man of joy. I imagine Jesus enjoyed life more fully than anyone ever has. He would have appreciated life, knowing and understanding everything about it, including life at the side of the Father, as a human and the life to come. For the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2). God’s joy is a joy unimaginable to us!