Scripture Reading: John 16:16-24
“Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.” (John 16:20)
Jesus made a confusing statement to the disciples — “A little while, and you will see Me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see Me” (v. 16). The disciples began to discuss among themselves what Jesus meant by these words. Jesus knew the disciples were struggling to understand what He meant, so He said — “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.”
Jesus was referring to His death and resurrection. When He was crucified, the disciples were filled with great sorrow. The world (those who opposed Jesus) rejoiced at His death. They were glad to get rid of Him. However, three days later, when Jesus was raised from the dead, the disciples sorrow turned into joy — “So also you have sorrow now but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (v. 22).
When Jesus appeared to His disciples after the resurrection, they were indeed filled with joy. Jesus conquered death and He was alive! This brought joy to the disciples and no one could take that joy away from them because they finally understood why Jesus had to die and that He was now resurrected from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus should bring great joy to us. Jesus is alive and He is in control of all things. He is with us now and He will be with us forever. His presence brings great joy. We have nothing to fear, for Jesus lives in us and rules over all creation.
When we face difficulties, disappointments, and even death, we will be sorrowful for a little, but our sorrow can turn into joy when we place our hope in the resurrected Christ. “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5b).
Lord Jesus, my heart is filled with sorrow when I consider the suffering and death you endured for my sake. Yet, when I reflect upon Your resurrection, my heart is filled with great joy. I know that You are with me and that You will never leave nor forsake me.
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