Victory at the cross

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?

Sharing in Heavenly Glory

We discover Glory through seeing Jesus’ return to heaven.

How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! … For you have … withheld nothing he requested. (Psalm 21:1-2NLT)

Following his crucifixion, Jesus returns with joy at God’s victory.  All has been done, not by superman Jesus but, in divine partnership with God.

You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence. For the king trusts in the Lord. (Psalm 21:6-7NLT)

This glorious life of faith, hope and love is beyond anyone but for his eternal blessings of grace given to those who trust him.

You welcomed him back … You placed a crown of finest gold on his head. (Psalm 21:3NLT)

Like Jesus, we receive the victor’s crown after faithfully running the race set before us. Faith meets our weakness!

He asked you to preserve his life, and you granted his request. The days of his life stretch on forever. (Psalm 21:4NLT)

Hope looks above the crisis to a sovereign Lord- the adventure of an eternal exploration of the infinite God.

Your victory brings him great honor, and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty. (Psalm 21:5NLT)

God clothes us with the fruit of the Spirit; a love which exudes splendour and honour.