Lk.10:21 – Then Jesus, overflowing with the Holy Spirit’s anointing of joy, exclaimed, “Father, thank you, for you are Lord Supreme over heaven and earth! You have hidden the great revelation of this authority from those who are proud, those wise in their own eyes, and you have shared it with these who humbled themselves. Yes, Father. This is what pleases your heart and the very way you’ve chosen to extend your kingdom: to give to those who become like trusting children.
I think many people have an image in their head of a very somber Jesus that borders on anger and melancholy. Really nothing could be farther from the truth. Jesus lived in overflowing joy in eternity with His Father. That joy did not diminish when He became a man; if anything it intensified. His joy is connected to the love of the Father and displaying that love to fallen man. In this passage when the disciples gave the report of people who had embraced their message, Jesus rejoiced with great joy. Strong’s says that this word literally means to jump for joy. Think of that, Jesus literally jumped up and down for joy at the reception of His message. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes jumping for joy.
“And the Scriptures often require us to exercise very high affections: thus in the first and great commandment of the law, there is an accumulation of expressions, as though words were wanting to express the degree, in which we ought to love God; “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.” So the saints are called upon to exercise high degrees of joy: “Rejoice,” says Christ to his disciples, “and be exceedingly glad”. So it is said, Psalms 68:3, “Let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; yea, let them exceeding rejoice.” So in the same Book of Psalms, the saints are often called upon to “shout for joy”; and in Luke 6:23 “to leap for joy.”
When was the last time you leapt for joy? Was it the scoring of a touchdown of your favorite team? Maybe the news of a raise at work? Or maybe it was when you saw sinners responding at an altar call. I know the angels in heaven are jumping for joy when sinners get saved; I think its time for us to join in with their happy dance.