A Buoy of Joy in a Sea of Sorrow
|John 16 (NKJV™)|
|16||"A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father."|
|17||Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'; and, 'because I go to the Father'?"|
|18||They said therefore, "What is this that He says, 'A little while'? We do not know what He is saying."|
|19||Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, "Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'?|
|20||"Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.|
|21||"A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.|
|22||"Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
It was the flamboyant baseball legend-turned-preacher Billy Sunday who remarked, "If you have no joy in your religion, there's a leak in your Christianity somewhere!" That's not to say that life is all laughs and smiles. Hardly! Jesus anticipated His followers' deep sorrow. He predicted it. But He also assured them that their experience of sadness would be eclipsed by a greater experience of joy-the kind that would be lasting.
The Upper Room Discourse was Jesus' final message to His closest followers before He went to the cross. After washing their feet and giving them the example of how to love and serve one another, He taught what it really means to be His disciples. Pastor Skip Heitzig teaches how we can learn to face situations similar to those encountered by Jesus' disciples.
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