Jumping for Joy

13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation (1 Peter 4).

There is no way to describe the joy that will come when all is said and done and Christ’s glory is revealed. Peter uses two words together to try to convey the experience: “rejoice with exultation,” both of which mean the same thing. However, “exultation” literally means “much leaping.” It is what happens when someone is jumping for joy.

Most of us have experienced this, but mostly as children. It is a rare thing to see an adult jumping for joy. We have become far too refined and our senses far too dulled for such emotional display. Yet, on that great and glorious day when Christ’s glory is finally revealed, all those who have remained faithful to the point of suffering for His Name’s sake—all of them will be jumping around like little children. And why not? For such they are as children of God! Perhaps those who suffered the most will be jumping the highest.

Lord, we thank You for the privilege of sharing even in the smallest way in the sufferings of Christ. Should any such suffering come our way This Day, may we be encouraged to look ahead to that Great Day of jumping for joy. Amen.