a kingdom of gladness

In studying for this morning’s class and noting the emphasis in the texts (Luke 15:8-10,11-32) on heaven’s joy, I came across this quote that says it all so well. Enjoy.

“The joy that emanated from our Lord’s person and presence during His earthly ministry was without question a great part of its power. His attitude stood in such clear contrast to the general character of the religious people round about Him, that the consciousness of it must have been felt by all the onlookers; but in addition to this fact was the whole teaching about His kingdom, which, as set forth in parable and precept, was to be a kingdom of gladness.” (G. Currie Martin, “Joy,” Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels, T & T Clark, 1927, 1:904)

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