Leap for Joy
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ow many words can you think of that Jesus used only one timethroughout His life, as recorded inthe scriptures? Ever thought about that? Iran across one this morning. It is the word“leap.” In all of the gospel accounts, Jesusnever again used the word “leap.” In andof itself, it would not have come across to
me as especially signicant, but because it
was used in reference to the Beatitudes, it piqued my interest.Jesus began His Beatitudes, in thegospel of Luke, by pronouncing a blessing upon the poor, the hungry,those that weep,and then on thosethat “men” hateand are separatedfrom “their”company, andare reproached and have their “names castout” as evil.“And he lifted up his eyes on hisdisciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are
ye that hunger now: for ye shall be lled.
Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shalllaugh. Blessed are ye, when men shallhate you, and when they shall separate youfrom their company, and shall reproachyou, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.” Luke 6:20-22.Please notice the caveat; you are blessed
it was done for “the Son of man’ssake.” That is a huge “if.” However, if these things are done to you for Jesus’sake, then you are blessed, according toJesus. But He goes beyond this. Not only
Joe Olson serves as theexecutive director andchairman of the boardof Hope International. Healso travels as aninternational speaker.
are you blessed, He says, but you are torejoice in that day.“Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great inheaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.” Luke 6:23.And after you are to rejoice, Jesus uses
the word “leap” for the rst and only time
in all the scriptures. There is no other time that He says to leap. Only one. Andit was incredibly interesting that the onlytime in all the word of God that Jesussays to “leap” iswhen “men” hateyou and separatethemselves fromyou and cast outyour name as evil.I put quotationmarks aroundthe word “men”for a reason.What men? What “men” will do thesethings? Worldlings? Pagans? Catholics?Apostate Protestants? No, according toJesus, it is those who did
thingsto the prophets. Throughout the Bible,who treated the prophets badly? Almostalways, it was the church members. God’schurch, if you will.And as a result of this ill treatment,Jesus says to “leap” for joy. What cameto mind as I considered the word “leap”was the miraculous healing of the man byPeter:“Then Peter said, Silver and gold haveI none; but such as I have give I thee: Inthe name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth riseup and walk. And he took him by the righthand, and lifted him up: and immediatelyhis feet and ankle bones received strength.And he leaping up stood, and walked,and entered with them into the temple,walking, and leaping, and praising God.”Acts 3:6-8.This man was so excited upon beinghealed that he was leaping all over the place! In like manner, Jesus says thatwhen we are treated badly by fellowchurch members, we are to start leaping.We are blessed, we are to rejoice, and weare to leap for joy!Isn’t it time we start doing it? We seemto get so down when we are treated badly.We get depressed, we get angry, we gethurt, but we rarely “leap for joy!” Andwhy are we told to be so happy aboutthese circumstances? Because we don’t just have a reward in heaven; we have a“great” reward!Don’t we all want to have a “reward”in heaven? How would you like to have a“great” reward? I know I do. When thesethings come upon us, let’s turn our eyestoward what Jesus has promised….. thegreat reward! We aren’t supposed to beoffended because of these things.“These things have I spoken unto you,that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, thetime cometh, that whosoever killeth youwill think that he doeth God service.” John16:1-2.Not only are we to rejoice and leapfor joy, but we are to guard against beingoffended. Jesus has been so merciful tous. Let’s honor Him by following Hisinstructions. “Leap” for joy!