Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of out faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2.

The question must be asked, What kind of joy would there be hanging on a cross?

The scripture says that the joy was set before Him—the joy was youand me.

The heartbeat of God has always been for humanity, regardless of the personal price He would choose to pay at Calvary.

His heart beats ardently for the 7.65 billion people on this earth right now as He waits at the door of every person’s heart, knocking, and patiently waiting for us to answer.

The Value Of A Soul

Jesus taught that the value of a soul was more precious than anything on this earth and explains that there is joy that erupts in heaven over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:7).

Multitudes sought Jesus, and He responded to their needs. However, we find Jesus pursuing many people, one person at a time. Zacchaeus, Nicodemus, the woman at the well in Samaria, the thief on the cross, and the woman who was caught in the act of adultery, were among those who Jesus gave personal, one on one, attention to.

Weren’t we all Samaritans?
Weren’t we all thieves on the cross?
Weren’t we all sinners?

The joy that was set before Jesus as he hung on a cross, in tormenting pain, was to see you and I choose to take up our cross and follow Him.

The Heartbeat Of Jesus

God’s heart is beating for you, it is beating for your family, it is beating for your coworkers, it is beating for the broken, it is beating for the world. When He sees you, He doesn’t flail His arms in the air in anger and say, “Don’t be so ungrateful, don’t you know I died for you?” Rather, He says, “Don’t you know how much I love you? Don’t you know I endured the pain of the cross to prove my love, even if you never reciprocate yours? Don’t you know that you are my joy?”

Today, as we celebrate our Resurrected Lord, lets commit to sharing the joy of our salvation with at least one person this week.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for enduring the cross and despising the shame of Calvary for me, for my family, for the world. I am so thankful that You have given me hope for eternal life and I pray that You would lead me to someone to share my hope with. Lord, let me feel Your heartbeat for souls. Teach me how to love people like You do. Help me to see other people the way you see me, in Jesus name.


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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