Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Where do I Find Myself? +

    All I Can Do Is Be Me -Whoever That IsBob Dylan Who are we? Do we follow the motivations of Read More
  • Forgiveness: Desmond Tutu +

    Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu explains how love and forgiveness kept post-apartheid South Africa from tumbling into anarchy. Read More
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The Emotions of Jesus3. The Joy of Hope.

The third and completing element in the joy of Jesus was that of Hope. As to Jesus God was that present reality which embraces and transcends all else, and the will of God the Infinite Good, so the one glorious vision the future held for Him was the Kingdom of God. Already He beheld Satan hurled from his throne. God would arise ; righteousness,  peace, and joy would triumph. He foresaw all difficulties, discounted all disappointments ; but, despite all obstacles, God's fatherly rule would find its way into men's hearts. Not even in the darkest hour of His and the world's history, when injustice, hypocrisy, and hate were at the height of their power, did He doubt that " clouds would break," or fear that though " right were worsted, wrong would triumph." He Himself was the seed of the Kingdom, that must fall into the ground and die. His life was the price of victory, the ransom for many. For this joy set before Him, He endured the Cross.

And this joy of hope should fill our lives too. We cannot hope too greatly if our hope is based upon God, upon God's character and purpose. Nothing can be too good to be true ; the only possibility is that what we think good, and very good, may not be good enough for God. We cannot take too bright a view of the future, our own future, our country's future, the Church's and the world's future, if in the centre of that view we set Jesus Christ, crucified, risen, and enthroned.  

Such was the joy of our Master. It may be ours in ever-growing measure ; and it will, if we have but the courage to venture our selves upon His God and our God, to sur render ourselves loyally to live for God's ends, and still to trust in Him when we can not see, and hope in Him when all seems doubtful. Lift up your hearts. Go into the New Year 1 without fear. Go not seeking joy, but with a fresh resolve to live for the highest ; and the joy of Jesus will be more and more fulfilled in you. For joy is given never to them that seek joy, but always to them that seek first the Kingdom of God.

1 This discourse was delivered on the first Sunday of the year.

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

  • River of Love

    There's a river of love that runs through all timeBut there's a river of grief that floods through our livesIt Read More
  • I Am Nothing

    I stutter when I tryTo speak the language of lifeI want to shout out loudBut I just cry insideSometimes it Read More
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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Transforming this World: The Hope of Glory by NT Wright +

    Wright confronts the perspective that this world doesn’t matter, and that we live only to be in heaven. He shows Read More
  • What is Good in a World that Defies Hope: a talk by NT Wright +

    This is the second part of three talks by NT Wright at Harvard University in November, 2008 on the topic Read More
  • The Stream, the Lake and the River: NT Wright +

      Acts 2.1-21; John 7.37-39; a sermon at the Eucharist on the Feast of Pentecost, 11 May 2008, by the Read More
  • Jesus in the Perfect Storm by NT Wright +

    Zechariah 9.9-17; Luke 19.28-48; A sermon for Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, In the University Chapel of St Salvator, St Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Christ is a Great Savior: a review of the movie Amazing Grace +

    Amazing Grace is a historical drama about William Wilberforce who was elected to British Parliament at the age of 21 Read More
  • Wilberforce, Hollywood's Amazing Grace, Charlotte Allen +

    William Wilberforce's relentless campaign eventually led the British Parliament to ban the slave trade, in 1807, and to pass a Read More
  • Making Beauty out of Ugly Things: Grace by U2 +

    Grace, she takes the blame She covers the shame Removes the stain It could be her name Grace, she carries Read More
  • The True Nature of Grace and Love: a movie review of the Soloist +

    The 2009 movie The Soloist is based on a book by the same name, written by Los Angeles Times columnist Read More
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