Jesus was not aloof from people. His joy was to touch us in our need and heal us.
When He was on earth, He was not reluctant to seek out the guilty—no, it was alleged against Him,“This Man receives sinners, and eats with
them.” He could have healed the leper, if He had pleased, while He stood at a distance, but He chose to TOUCH Him when He healed Him, to show how near He had come to humanity, that He did not shrink from it, but that it was His delight to come into contact with all the woe and suffering of our fallen race! He did not go away from sinners to guard His holiness
in solitude. He did not surround Himself with a bodyguard to keep off the throng, but there He was among them, surrounded by a press of common folks. Many thronged Him and some touched Him who received healing virtue through their believing touch. He was at the beck and call of everybody! He had not time so much as to eat. And when He did,
through weariness, seek a little rest, they followed Him on foot and hounded Him with their entreaties. Yet He was never angry, but always full of compassion towards them.
He was a willing Savior and found His soul’s delight in winning souls. That great crowning work of suffering and death, by which souls are saved upon belief, was no unwilling service. The cup was bitter as Hell, but He longed to drink it. His death
was to be at once the most ignominious and the most painful that could be devised, and yet He thirsted for it.“With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer,” said Christ to His disciples. He did not hide Himself
away when He was hunted, but He went to the Garden of Gethsemane—and Judas knew the place—and when they
found Him, He was willing to yield Himself up. No bonds could have bound Him, yet He bound Himself. They could not have dragged Him to the Cross, nor could myriads like them—but He went like a lamb to the slaughter—and like a sheep before her shearer He was dumb and opened not His mouth. All that wondrous passion upon Calvary was a freewill
offering for us! It was a voluntary Sacrifice to the fullest possible extent. What if I say that even in His deepest agony, Christ had an unknown joy? I think we have too much forgotten the wonderful joy which must have filled the Savior’s
heart even when going to the Cross. Indeed, you cannot suffer for others if you have a benevolent nature, without feeling joy that you are taking the suffering from them! And we know that it was because of “the joy that was set before Him” that He “endured the Cross, despising the shame.”
This is the joy that Jesus had according to the Bible