In the Book of John, we see where Jesus has been preparing His disciples for His death and they are filled with grief and fear. They had left everything to follow Jesus and now He was leaving them to return to the Father. As He sees their hearts, He reassures them that His death is not where the gospel ends.
‘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
Although Jesus would be physically absent, He had gifted them with the Spirit to dwell within them and lead them to the truth. Jesus had never really abandoned them as the Spirit had given them Jesus’ intimate, righteous and spiritual presence.
‘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.’ John 16:22
Because no one can take away their joy, the disciples are able to experience a deep sense of peace when Jesus ascends and leaves them physically. Although the disciples grieve from hearing the death of Jesus, the results of His sacrifice reunite them with Christ.
What reasons have these verses given you for joy as a Christian?