John 16:22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
Jesus tells the Disciples they are going to be in pain for a little while over His leaving. He tells them several times “in a little while” I will leave but later your joy will exceed your pain. He uses the example of how women forget the pain of child birth after seeing and holding the child because the joy of the child far outweighs the pain. Jesus is telling them that He is going to be beaten and die and that will bring them great pain. However, in a little while (three days) their joy will be restored because He will rise from the grave. They will forget what they have seen of His suffering and death because of the joy of His resurrection. No one can take away their joy after His resurrection. Why? Because with His resurrection and ascension into Heaven we are assured that our pains here on earth are only temporary. We are assured resurrection and ascension into Heaven. We are promised He is at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf.
I don’t have all the answers to the evil that is in the world. I can’t tell you why things happen the way they do and why God does not stop the suffering and pain. But I can tell you this with absolute certainty. There are a lot of things the world can take away from us. However, our joy is not one of them. Our joy is not in things of this world. Our joy, that overcomes all pain, is in the resurrection and ascension of the Savior who promises the same victory to those who call upon His name.
Lent readings for the week:
Tuesday: John 6:16-27
Wednesday: John 6:27-40
Thursday: John 6: 41-51
Friday: John 6:52-59
Saturday: John 6:60-7
Sunday: Mark 8:31-9:1
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