Jesus faced tremendous hardships through his life on earth. Born in a humble stable, spent His early years as a refugee, lived in Nazareth which was a place that was considered unimportant and despised, he was tempted by the devil, he was frowned upon by the religious leaders and swamped by those who wanted healing, betrayed by a greedy disciple and was denied and then abandoned by His friends. Yet He was a person who trusted in His Heavenly Father in the midst of the desert experiences, violent storms, whippings, beatings and especially in the darkness of His horrific crucifixion. Despite everything that happened to drain Him of hope, the Holy Spirit was the source of His joy. The words from Luke 10 echo His confidence in the Holy Spirit.
In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” Luke 10:21-24, ESV.
If Jesus needed the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit, how much more
should we rely on the Holy Spirit as our source of joy, hope and love.