The way of Jesus is the way of the cross. This is the way of self-giving, of generosity, of vulnerability, of embrace, and of joy. We’re being invited by Jesus to follow Him in this strange path. It may be unlike anything we’ve ever walked before. But have those paths ever led you to full, permanent joy?
Main Text: Philippians 1:12-30
This letter is filled with evidence of Paul’s joyous love. This week we consider a passage about his suffering and see that he continues to find a strange joy.
Paul’s strange joy is, perhaps, less strange when viewed in light of the cross. The cross is where we see the ultimacy of God’s love. And as we worship the Christ of the cross, we find ourselves understanding His methods—methods that are radically different from any self-centeredness or violence we might expect from a ruler, but methods which are glorious and beautiful.
As Paul finds himself invited into the work of Jesus, perpetuating the way of love even in the face of violence, he rejoices. This is truly a way of joyous love, even in the worst circumstances.