Then said He, Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God. – Hebrews 10:9
Our Lord delighted to carry out all the purposes and desires of the Most High God. He so delighted in the will of God that He came to do it, and to bear it, by the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. He also delighted in God. He took an intense delight in glorifying the Father. He came to reveal the Father, and make Him to be beloved of men. He did all things to please God. Moreover, He took a delight in us; and here, though the object of His love is less, the love itself is heightened by the conspicuous condescension. The Lord Jesus took a deep delight in His people, whose names were written on His heart, and graven on the palms of His hands. His heart was fixed on their redemption, and therefore He would present Himself as a sacrifice on their behalf. The people whom the Father gave Him from before the foundation of the world lay on His very soul; for them He had a baptism to be baptized with, and He was straitened till it was accomplished. He gave Himself no rest till He had left both joy and rest to ransom His own.
When our Lord was here, He was the most blessed of men. Do you start? Do you remind me that He was “a man of sorrows”? I grant you that none was more afflicted; but I still stand to it, that within Him dwelt a joy of the highest order. To Him it was joy to be in sorrow, and honor to be put to shame…You shall never go too far in your estimate of His unfathomable griefs; but going with you to the full in it all, I shall take liberty still to say that He had within Himself a fountain of joy, which enabled Him to endure the cross, and even to despise the shame. Blessed among men was He, even when He was made a curse for us! With delight He gave Himself for us, and made a cheerful surrender of Himself, that He might be the ransom for many. ~ C.H. Spurgeon
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