Steven A. Bush - May 4, 2014

Grief Turned To Joy

Grief Turned To Joy

Jesus huddled with His disciples one final time before His arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection.  It was at Passover, the Last Supper.  Jesus washed their feet, exhorted and encouraged them, prayed for them, and served them bread and wine, instituting the first Communion.  At one point He puzzles His disciples when He says: "In a little while you will see Me no more, and then after a little while you will see Me.” (John 16:16 NIV)  He goes on to say: "Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy." (John 16:20 NIV)  Much like David's lyrics in Psalm 30:5b: "Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy cometh in the morning," (ASV) Jesus is declaring that His death and burial will bring them deep anguish and sorrow but His resurrection will bring inexpressible joy because of what His shed blood will accomplish.  While Joy is the result of having a Messiah King that's alive, grief, sorrow, and sadness are what you're left with when your messiah's tomb is occupied.  Genuine faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ will produce hope-filled joy that exceeds all worldly woes.  And that Joy will never end...

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