To read the texts click on the texts: Acts 18:9-18; Jn 16:20-23
explains in these verses how the disciple’s sorrow will turn to joy. The
metaphor of child birth is used to explain the in-breaking of God’s kingdom.
Just as the birth of a child turns the pain of the mother into joy, so the
in-breaking of God’s kingdom will turn the disciples’ sorrow into joy. Jesus’
appearance to the disciples after his death will be the cause of their sorrow
turning to joy. This joy will not be temporary, but permanent, and no one or
event will be able to take it away. This is because the whole of life’s
perspective will change and the disciples will become a new people, a new creation.
On that day, all the questions of the disciples will cease because nothing will
need to be explained. It will be as clear as it needs to be.
and joy are common everyday experiences of all humans. Sorrow is caused when
things do not go the way we expect them to or when people do not respond in the
way we want them to. When our expectations are not met, we feel sad and upset.
However, after the resurrection of Jesus and his presence among us in his
Spirit, sorrow can never be an enduring experience for a believer. It is always
temporary. Joy is permanent. This joy is not caused by the happening or not
happening of events, it is not caused by our expectations being fulfilled, but
by a realization that, in Jesus, God always wants what is best for us and will
never do anything that is not for our good and for his glory. It is a
realization that, in Jesus, we are loved unconditionally by a God who is Father
and who always wants what is best for his sons and daughters.