Read John 16:16-24
1. What is Jesus referencing in verses 16, 19, and 20? (See John 19 and 20 for a hint.)
2. What opposites are presented in verses 20-21?
3. What does Jesus point to as reasons for hope?
No matter how impossible things seem, there is joy ahead. Jesus was just hours away from brutal death on the cross. He knew it would threaten the hope and faith of His followers, yet He encouraged them to keep holding on. Their grief would soon turn to joy.
We have a similar hope today. No matter how difficult our circumstances may be, joy is coming. Our ultimate joy will come when we see Jesus in heaven, but He can also bring moments of joy here on earth. The smile of a friend, the sound of laughter, the beauty of a sunset... All of these can bring joy in any season, even the impossible.
Is there a situation in your life that’s difficult? Or do you know someone walking through a season like that? How can you turn your eyes, or theirs, toward the hope that can only be found in Jesus? How can you invite His joy in today? Turn any struggles over to Him, and ask Him to help you see opportunities for joy right where you are.
Want to go deeper? Read this article for seven ways you can choose joy today no matter what.
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