Forever joyful

“Your grief will turn joy…and no one will take away your joy” John 16;20, 22.

When our daughter tells her 18 month old son he is going to Gramma and Grandpa’s house he gets all excited. He loves us nd we make suitable fusses over him each time he appears on our doorstep. We have dogs he also loves, toys he enjoys playing with and of course treats for him to eat.

Yet, for all that, if his mother leaves without him, there are tears for a moment. He is most happy when his mother is present. She is his supreme love and security in life. I tease my daughter by saying that some day another woman will come along and he will end up loving her more than his mother. Then he will marry and move out to be with the one he loves the most.

In our verse today, Jesus is preparing His disciples for His departure. He indicates that by leaving them He will cause them to weep and mourn. He has assured them that His departure is for their benefit John 15:7, 13-14. They will be truly blessed by the coming of the Holy Spirit Who will guide them into all truth and glorify Jesus.

Jesus recognizes that what brings the mourning and tears to His followers will not be the absence of earthly pleasures, rather it will be His presence with them. The one who has Jesus plus nothing cannot wish for anything more. Jesus is the greatest treasure possible in this life or the next.

Many song writers have written on the theme of the supreme worth of Jesus to the believer. Helen Lemmel wrote:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

The more we study the person and works of Jesus the greater will be our ability to continue in this world because of the glorious expectations we have of the next. Job from the depths of his suffering said in faith, Job 19:26-27, “I will see God, I myself will see Him with my own eyes.”

Can you say that the sight of God is your joy forever? Or does all this sound strange and unfamiliar to you? I urge you to consider Jesus who came to show us God the Father. Read about Him in the Gospels. Read especially the Gospel of Luke where Jesus is particularly shown to be interested in hurting people.

There are no more tender and compassionate pictures of Jesus than in Luke’s Gospel. Being a physician, Dr. Luke had a special interest in people in pain and suffering. No wonder he loves to tell the stories of Jesus with people in need. Come and see Jesus then trust in Him s the One who can remove our sin and give us peace with God. If you come to Him you will discover the joy that lasts for an eternity.

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