John, The Love of God
Those of us who have given birth know the pain in those final moments of bringing that child into the world. We know it was painful, but that incredible pain is replaced in seconds with an even more unspeakable, indescribable joy when that babe is placed on our chest. Tears of happiness fall and a smile exudes from our face that cannot be controlled. New birth is a miracle from God!
It is no wonder that Jesus uses childbirth as a metaphor to explain His departure from earth. Sadness and pain followed but inexplicable joy in seeing Him again…ALIVE…forever! “When I see you again, you’ll be full of joy, and it will be a joy no one can rob from you.”—Jesus
“Your joy will be a river overflowing it’s banks!” You will have a new relationship with God. You can go directly to Him and ask anything about what I have revealed to you, Jesus tells them. “Because you’ve committed yourselves to love and trust in me, believing I came directly from the Father, the Father loves you directly.” Did you get that? When we believe and are convinced Who Jesus is and that He is God and came from God (Trinity), God the Father loves us directly. No one is between. We can go directly to God with no middle man.
“Now we know…”, say the disciples. You can almost hear a big sigh of relief. Ah, now we get it! “We’re CONVINCED you came from God.” Have you had that big “Ah, ha” moment in your life where, no matter what, you are convinced you can go directly to God about anything? I pray it is, because it is a crucial and relative point of our new birth in Christ…knowing, believing and being convinced of this fact. It’s where the joy unspeakable and full of glory comes from as we live each day. Our anxiousness falls away when we are convinced of the Truth of God’s love for us.
Jesus drives the point home, “Do you finally believe?”
“I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart I’ve conquered the world.”
John 16, The Message
Joy Like a River Overflowing
17-18 That stirred up a hornet’s nest of questions among the disciples: “What’s he talking about: ‘In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me’? And, ‘Because I’m on my way to the Father’? What is this ‘day or so’? We don’t know what he’s talking about.”
19-20 Jesus knew they were dying to ask him what he meant, so he said, “Are you trying to figure out among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘In a day or so you’re not going to see me, but then in another day or so you will see me’? Then fix this firmly in your minds: You’re going to be in deep mourning while the godless world throws a party. You’ll be sad, very sad, but your sadness will develop into gladness.
21-23 “When a woman gives birth, she has a hard time, there’s no getting around it. But when the baby is born, there is joy in the birth. This new life in the world wipes out memory of the pain. The sadness you have right now is similar to that pain, but the coming joy is also similar. When I see you again, you’ll be full of joy, and it will be a joy no one can rob from you. You’ll no longer be so full of questions.
23-24 “This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you. Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!
25-28 “I’ve used figures of speech in telling you these things. Soon I’ll drop the figures and tell you about the Father in plain language. Then you can make your requests directly to him in relation to this life I’ve revealed to you. I won’t continue making requests of the Father on your behalf. I won’t need to. Because you’ve gone out on a limb, committed yourselves to love and trust in me, believing I came directly from the Father, the Father loves you directly. First, I left the Father and arrived in the world; now I leave the world and travel to the Father.”
29-30 His disciples said, “Finally! You’re giving it to us straight, in plain talk—no more figures of speech. Now we know that you know everything—it all comes together in you. You won’t have to put up with our questions anymore. We’re convinced you came from God.”
31-33 Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”
Once more thought to think about seriously, take all the time you need this morning and all day…”Do you believe?” Are you convinced, assured, unshakable and deeply at peace knowing God is with us always? His line of communication is always open…no waiting while heavenly music plays…He will not put you on hold or send you to voice mail!
Dear Heavenly Father,
You have restored the joy of my salvation just by reading Your Word and being reminded of what You have done, are doing and will do in my life. I pray for everyone who reads this today to be blessed, to be filled to overflow with Your joy that flows through Your Holy Spirit. I am convinced. I know Whom I have believed and trusted for years. I am deeply at peace. Your gift to us…peace.
In Jesus Name, Amen
And I’m singing…
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Full of glory, full of glory;
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Oh, the half has never yet been told!