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Joy for the Child of God

1 John 1:1-4

To know Jesus is to know real joy.

1 John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—

1 John 1:2
the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—

1 John 1:3
that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:4
And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

  1. It’s Joy We Can Experience

1 John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—

Luke 24:38
And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?

Luke 24:39
Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

John 20:27
Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

2 Peter 1:16
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

1 Peter 1:7-8
That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory …

  1. It’s Joy We Can Never Lose

1 John 1:2
the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 5:24

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

John 6:27

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.

John 6:40

And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6:47

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.

John 6:68

But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

John 10:28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

  1. It’s Joy We Can Share

 

1 John 1:3
that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

Ps 119:63

I am a companion of all who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts.

John 14:23
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

John 17:20
I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;

John 17:21
that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

John 17:22
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

John 17:23
I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

  1. It’s Joy We Cannot Contain

 

1 John 1:4
And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

Psalm 16:11
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

John 10:10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 15:11
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

Joyce Daugherty, a member of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, traveled to an orphanage in Donetsk, Ukraine, and it was there that she saw 2-year-old Kristen. Her beautiful blue eyes framed the edges of a facial tumor, a hemangioma, but even that could not hide the baby’s impish grin.

"Kristen’s eyes were so alert that I just kept watching her," said Daugherty. "There was something special that tumor could not hide. I could have taken any of the children I saw home with me. At the same time, I knew if I adopted Kristen, she’d have more than a new start—she’d have a new life."

"These children are throw-aways in Ukraine," says Nancy Stanbery who has helped facilitate more than 130 adoptions in Ukraine. "Most Ukrainian families are afraid of a child with any kind of disability. Mothers take them to an orphanage or abandon them in a public place, walk away and never look back."

Daugherty chose Kristen. In November 2004, a Louisville surgeon removed the hemangioma. Thin scars are healing and everything about Kristen has changed dramatically. She chatters constantly—saying, "I love you" over and over again to her momma.

In a similar way, while we were still unlovely, our heavenly Father chose us, adopted us, and gave us new life in his Son. And we love him—because he first loved us.

Many children are born with "birthmarks" on their face. As time passes the birthmarks often disappear. Not infrequently however, the birthmarks, hemangiomas on the face, don't disappear and grow larger,creating "deformities" even covering half the face and drooping down. Sometimes scorned by other children and even adults,the word "birthmark", does not begin to convey the drama that these phenomena introduce into the lives of the little children who have them and the parents who love them.

As the parents have struggled to find help for their children they have encountered not enough information, misinformation, discouragement and finally in some cases a surgeon who has mounted a personal crusade against these deformities and pioneered a way to give them back the lovely children that they always saw

Hemangiomas are collections of blood vessels that can appear on the face or skin or internally.

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