In this passage, Jesus is referring to the grief of his death and subsequent joy of his resurrection. But the following metaphor shows us that this concept can easily be applied to all of our suffering on earth. We tend to experience cycles of grief and joy in our lives. Sometimes the pain is relatively short, such as a woman in labor, while other times it lingers like after the death of a close loved one. No matter what, as Christians, we can be absolutely sure we will have joy again.
Questions for further thought:
1. Why was Jesus so upfront with the disciples (and us) about the grief and joy to come? (see verse 33)
2. How can you come alongside those who are grieving and lovingly remind them of the peace and joy God wishes to pour out on them?
Take heart, for Jesus has overcome the world! Start making a daily list of everything you can have joy about. On extra tough days, look back on your previous lists and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with the joy you need to keep living for Christ.
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