The Gospel of John, The Period of Conference, Conference With the Father, Part LXII, John 17:13 - Lesson 170
Read Verses John 17:11,12, for review: And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
John 17:13, And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
Jesus Christ prays to the Father that the joy that he finds in the Father's love will be reproduced in the hearts of his disciples.
He had told the disciples in John 15:11, I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be fulfilled.
Here in his prayer to the Father he reports to the Father what he has said to them.
He desires that they follow his word, that they remember his word that they may have joy.
He goes to the Father.
He has joy and he wants his disciples who are to represent him on Earth to continue in that joy.
Isn't it the Father's will that they be conformed to the image of his Son?
Did not the son have joy in fellowship with the Father during all his time on Earth.
Is not this how a believer has joy?
In fellowship with God and his word?
The joy of the LORD is his strength. He was strong when he had joy in the LORD.
This is what the Savior graved for his own.
Because of the position they now had with the Father there was no reason not to have the same proportion of joy as Jesus Christ had with the same Father.
There is no hindrance to a believer having joy.
Every barrier against joy has been removed.
The word of Christ has been spoken and the word of God is designed that your joy may be full.
The believer has access into the holiest of holies through Jesus Christ and there is no reason not to have joy except hardness of heart in the believer.