The outcome of Jesus’ ministry on earth was that he returned to heaven victorious. He had expressed faith and love and the reward was glory.
The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give!Psalm 21:1
This rejoicing is in the immediate aftermath of the cross! We look at the cross as a tragedy, but in the grand scheme it is glory.
You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.Psalm 21:2-3
If Jesus’ heart’s desire had been on earth, then the cross would have been complete failure. His reward was with his Father.
Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence. For the king trusts in the Lord.Psalm 21:6-7
Jesus’ joy was to live in His Father’s presence to eternity in the knowledge that nothing had been able to drive a wedge between them. It was through trusting in his Father that this splendour was worked out.
So what motivates us?