John 16:16-27 Grief to Joy!

Jesus uses the word, “joy,” four times in this passage:

[20] I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

[21] A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.

[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

[24] Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

I think He wants us to have joy! It’s the part of the relationship that He gives to us (along with peace and love). We actually channel His joy-the joy that He is feeling!

Another neat revelation is what Jesus has to say about asking in His name and actually asking the Father. Now, don’t get hung up on procedures; you may talk to any of the Three and they hear you. It’s more about understanding our relationship with them and how Jesus was changing it and transforming it into something beautiful and intimate. 

[23] In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

[25] “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.
[How? Through the Spirit]

[26] In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.
[27] No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

John 6:29 says, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Because we have believed in Jesus, God Himself loves us! 

Knowing God loves us fills us with the Joy of Jesus! Keep it and share it at the same time. It’s catching…


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