MAKE HIM GLAD HE DID IT! 
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"JESUS...FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS," 
While driving one night, I realized the joy set before Jesus was myself 
(all true believers); and therefore 
the best thing I could do was fulfill that joy with the utmost of my ability. 
 
 
WHAT WAS IT, I ASK, IN GETHSEMANE 
THAT CAUSED MY SAVIOR TO BOW HIS KNEE, 
AND PRAY, THOUGH IN DEEP AGONY, 
"NOT MY WILL, LORD, BUT THINE"? 
 
WHAT WAS IT, THOUGH HIS SWEAT WAS BLOOD 
AND HIS KNEES SOON STAINED IN CRIMSON MUD, 
THOUGH HORRORS O'R HIS SOUL DID FLOOD, 
THAT CAUSED HIM TO GO ON? 
 
WHAT WAS IT IN THE UNJUST COURT, 
WHERE THEY WOULD ALL THE TRUTH DISTORT, 
YET HE DID NO DEFENSE RETORT; 
WHAT MADE HIM CHOOSE THIS COURSE? 
 
WHAT JOY WAS SET BEFORE HIS EYES 
THAT HE WOULD STAND BEFORE THEIR LIES, 
ENDURING THEIR BLASPHEMOUS CRIES; 
WHAT WAS THIS JOY SO GREAT? 
 
WHY DID HE YIELD TO THIS HORDE, 
WAS CRUCIFIED AND NOT ADORED, 
CALLED A THIEF, INSTEAD OF LORD; 
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND... 
 
WHAT IS IT THAT I HEAR HIM SAY, 
AS THE SCOURGE TEARS HIS FLESH AWAY, 
AND HIS BODY ON THE CROSS THEY LAY 
TO NAIL IT FAST LIKE WOOD... 
 
IS THAT MY NAME HE SAYS AGAIN? 
HE WANTS ME TO BE FREE FROM SIN. 
HE'LL DIE, BUT THEN HE'LL RISE AGAIN; 
ALL THIS SO I'LL BE BORN AGAIN; 
AND SO THAT I CAN OTHERS WIN; 
AND ALL OF US CAN LIVE WITH HIM? 
WHAT GRACE AND LOVE IS THIS! 
 
SO IT WAS ME, THIS JOY SO GREAT, 
MADE HIM DESCEND FROM HEAVEN'S GATE 
TO BEAR THE SIN HIS SOUL DOTH HATE 
I CANNOT LET HIM DOWN... 
 
I WILL REPENT, BE BORN AGAIN, 
I WILL NOW TURN FROM ALL MY SIN, 
I'LL WORK TO WIN MORE SOULS TO HIM. 
I MUST FULFILL HIS JOY. 
 
I'LL WALK WITH HIM FROM DAY TO DAY, 
I'LL PREACH THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW WAY, 
I'LL SERVE HIM TILL MY DYING DAY; 
I'LL MAKE HIM GLAD HE DID IT! 
 
HE'LL NOT REGRET GOLGOTHA'S HILL; 
HE'LL NOT REGRET DEATH'S EERIE CHILL; 
HE'LL NOT REGRET THE FATHER'S WILL; 
I'LL MAKE HIM GLAD HE DID IT! 
 
I'LL MAKE HIM GLAD HE FELT THE NAIL; 
I'LL MAKE HIM GLAD HE PAID MY HELL; 
I'LL MAKE HIM GLAD HE NEVER FELL 
FROM THIS BLESSED COURSE! 
 
HE'LL NOT BE CHEATED FROM HIS JOY, 
ALL MY STRENGTH I HERE EMPLOY, 
ALL SACRIFICES I'LL ENJOY! 
HIS LOVE WAS NOT IN VAIN. 
 
HOW 'BOUT IT, FRIEND, HE DIED FOR YOU; 
YOUR LIFE DOWN HERE IS NOT YET THROUGH. 
YOU CAN DO IT IF YOU WANT TO... 
MAKE HIM GLAD HE DID IT! 
 
What type of return is Jesus receiving from His investment in YOU? 
 
MARK BULLEN