I have been thinking more specifically about Jesus’ inheritance. The bible speaks about the nations being his inheritance. It also speaks about the joy set before him and the reward he receives for his suffering and death on the cross in our place. At the end of his time on earth, after his resurrection, he announces that he now has all authority in heaven and on earth; he then commissions his disciples to go and make disciples of the nations. To be a disciple of Jesus is to know him and learn his ways so we can live according to his ways; this is a beautiful thing, it’s the restoration of things to the Creators design and according to Jesus commission, whole nations can experience this, not just individuals. And when they and we do, Jesus is receiving his inheritance.
When we experience as individuals, as communities and even nations, all that Jesus’ death and suffering made available for us….. that experience is Jesus’ reward. When you receive forgiveness, when your friend receives healing, when your sister finds that deep rest in God; when any part of our lives becomes actively redeemed by Jesus… this is his reward. He delights in our salvation, in our peace, in our wholeness, in our restoration to relationship with the Father; it makes his suffering worthwhile, it’s why he died, it is the joy that was set before him.
Jesus inheritance and the reward for his suffering and death is the salvation and shalom, body, soul and spirit of every individual and nation. We get to participate in making sure that he receives his full reward, by pressing in to all that he has made available to us AND by leading our friends, communities and society back to him. Amazing!