March 18th, 2016
Todays verse: John 16:16-24
Your grief will turn to wonderful joy
In todays passage we read about Jesus who continues to prepare the disciples of what is to come and him passing away. But they find it hard to understand. They are confused. And Jesus explains again:
you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy.
Again, this complete wonderful joy is mentioned, as we read about a few days ago in John 15:11. The God-given, supernatural joy that only can come from Heaven. It is not based on our emotions, but it is a God-given gift despite our circumstances, loss or lack.
The fact that Jesus was to leave them was painful for the disciples, and most likely it was impossible for them understand the consequences of it. Jesus had been their teacher, their source of wisdom and knowledge for the past few years. The master they followed no matter the cost.
In these verses, we read about Jesus saying goodbye to his disciples. In a loving way, he ensures them that they will see him again. It is not a final goodbye, which makes it a little easier for them to handle, though they still struggle to understand.
Jesus is speaking of several things here. He was to rise the 3rd day and see them again. When he was to go to be with his Father, he would send someone in his place, the Holy Spirit (John 16:7). The Holy Spirit would bring a new dimension of intimacy with Christ that was not to be found in an earthly relationship. The grief they felt about loosing their Master would be exchanged with joy over a deeper spiritual wealth and reunion as the advocate was given them (verse22).
So how is it in our lives..
When we go through things that we don’t understand, and feel burdened by. Are we able to believe that God will turn our grief into joy, our challenges into hope. Our mourning into worship and dancing (Psalm 30:12)?
Have faith in God and throw all your cares on him who is and always will care for you!