Today’s Reading: John 16:16-33
19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 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 16:19-20
The disciples were so confused. They are with Jesus then are told they will not be with him and then they will be with him again. In the meantime the world will rejoice while they weep and mourn. Then their grief will turn to joy while those rejoicing will be grieving. Jesus was trying to help them understand his crucifixion and resurrection. Some will see his death as a great victory while followers will mourn. Then all things change when he is alive! A subtle Easter message. The meaning for us goes beyond the events of the story. There are times when the ungodly are shouting and singing and rejoicing because of apparent and perceived defeat of Jesus in some way. And we as followers become dejected on some level. We look at our own lives and our flesh appears to gain an edge with our spirit and we grieve. We cannot let the world or our flesh determine our demeanor but we live in the truth Jesus will overcome our present troubles and our grief will turn to joy. It seems improbable and unlikely but it is promised and I choose to let my heart sing that I’m standing on the promises of God.
Heavenly Father, do not let the perceived spiritual victories of the ungodly or my fleshly desires determine my joy. I may grieve in the moment but I will be rejoicing. I stand strong on your promises of peace and victory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.