365 Prophecies: Prophecy 107
The Messiah to be specially anointed by God with Joy.
Old Testament Prediction:
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.”
It is often incorrectly assumed that Jesus was a very sad man. Isaiah defined Him as being a man of sorrows (Isaiah 53:3); therefore, Jesus is often portrayed in paintings and written texts as being a man of deep despair. The prophecy of Psalms 45:7 speaks of Jesus being 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 this man of sorrows whom Isaiah speaks of. During the years, months and days that preceded the offering of His life, Jesus is described as being filled 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 in order to 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 the fact that it was this future joy that Jesus could see in heaven which compelled Him to go to the cross and complete the horrors of paying for our salvation.
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 our 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 joyous 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 joy—to bring glory to the Father and earn the right to be the Redeemer of the world.