Today is Good Friday.
In a day when alleged proclaimers of the Word define "life abundantly" as material goods and finite pleasures, a battered king nailed to a cross is still a stumbling block. And it is still a mandate.
But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:13
Rejoice in sufferings?This is not possible except for those who see being like Christ, who see being in Christ as the greatest good, the highest value, the best pleasure of all pleasures.Many things can and will make us happy.There is no joy but in Jesus Christ.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
-- Hebrews 12:2