The Believers Shall Rejoice

John 16:16-22

 

Jesus will be leaving soon. In the coming future, they will see Him again. Does this point to His resurrection, or His second coming? The answer to this is revealed in the coming scriptures. In John 7:33, Jesus said this same thing, but He includes the fact that He is returning to the Father. Verses 18-24 of John 14, Jesus said that He would not leave them as orphans. This alludes to the coming of the Comforter. The world would not see Him because of its unbelief.  Because He will live, they would live also. This speaks of their spiritual life. The Spirit of Truth will come but the world will not receive Him because they will not believe. He will be with the Father as they will be with Him. Those who love Him and obey His commandments are those who will see Him. They will be in a circle of fellowship with the Father and the Son. Note Proverbs 8:17, which say the following:

 

Proverbs 8:17 (NASB)

(17) “I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.”

 

Judas (not Iscariot) wants to know why the world will not receive the same revelation as they. Those who love Jesus will keep His Word. He and the Father will come to this person.

 

The disciples question what Jesus saying, Jesus knows this. Jesus asks them if they are deliberating about His words. Jesus tells them they will weep and lament, and the world will rejoice. They shall grieve, but their grief will be turned into joy. Jesus gives the example of a woman bringing forth her baby. When the woman goes into labor, she weeps. When the child comes forth, she rejoices. She does not remember the pain because of the joy that “a child has been born into the world.” John 16:21 (NASB) When they see Jesus after His death and burial, they shall rejoice. They will see the resurrected Christ.  None shall be able to take their joy away.

 

 

 

 

 

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