Anointed With Joy

It comes as a surprise to many people that Jesus was a man of great joy. We seem to have this idea that He is: “a man of sorrows,” the way that the prophet Isaiah describes Him. Isaiah was not implying that the Messiah is a person of sadness, or filled with depression. The point that the prophet was making is related to Jesus sorrow over what sin has done to our lives and how it has robbed every person of the great joy and beauty of life that He intended.

Imagine that you have the power to give every person who asks of you—eternal life. The sickness, suffering, and death that plagues our lives can be permanently removed. The sadness, loneliness, emptiness, and fear that overtakes us and causes the absence of so many wonderful things in our life. Jesus has the power to take away all of our fear and to fill our hearts with happiness. Despite His great power, and immense desire to bring a perfect life to us, a majority of people in the world refuse His offer. They do not understand who Jesus is or what He is attempting to do.

Psalm 45:7a, describes a Messiah who is the source of all that is good. Jesus was a man who was continually permeated with Joy. His life was filled with anticipation of the days when all sickness, suffering, and death, will no longer exist. He looked ahead to the time when everyone who loves Him will finally be home in heaven together and we will live in the fulness of Joy, and pleasures forevermore.[1]

The Messiah will be specially anointed by God with Joy.

Psalms 45:7a “You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Hebrews 1:8-9 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

John 15:11 (Jesus Speaking) “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”

Matthew 3:16-17 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Anointed With Gladness

It is often incorrectly assumed that Jesus was a very sad man. Isaiah defined Him as a man of sorrows (Isaiah 53:3); therefore, Jesus is often portrayed as a man of deep despair. The prophecy of Psalms 45:7 speaks of Jesus as anointed with the oil of gladness more than His companions.

The facts are that when Jesus was in His final night before He would offer His life for our sins, He was a man of sorrows, whom Isaiah speaks of. During the years, months and days that preceded the offering of His life, Jesus is described as anointed with Joy. The idea here is that Jesus was, in modern terms; “the life of the party.” If you were going to have a get-together with a few of your closest friends and enjoy the evening together, you would be certain to invite Jesus. He was full of laughter and life because He is the source of all joy, happiness, and celebration. In heaven, we will see a Jesus who is filled to overflowing with absolute joy over having all of us finally together with Him. Paul describes Jesus as centered on the joy that was before Him. The time when His death on the cross for us, would permit every person who believes, to be together with Him in heaven forever.

Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God…

When Jesus was walking down the dirty, broken, and cobbled road outside Jerusalem, towards the horrors of the cross, He was looking forward to the time when He would see your beautiful face before Him in His Father’s house (heaven). As He hung on the cross, Jesus looked down through all the ages of time, and said to each one of us: “I am doing this for you because I love you so much.”

Jesus could see what His death and resurrection would mean to all of us who would believe in Him and receive Him as their Savior. He could see all of us gathered before His throne in heaven, worshipping and praising Him for the great things He has done.

Revelation 5:9-12 And they (the redeemed) sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation…” and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

For this reason, Jesus’ life was one of exemplary joy and jubilation. He was accomplishing the most important event in the history of mankind. He was making our redemption possible. For the joy that was before Him in seeing us already with Him in heaven, He endured the cross. This was His great pleasure; to bring glory to the Father and achieve the right to be the Redeemer of the world.


[1] Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God…
In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalms 16:11