“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” (John 16:22)
“So also you have sorrow now…” Our sorrows in this world build up because the things that we see all around us are ultimately stealers of joy. Think about it, we see murder, adultery, theft, and all sorts of sin that flow from the well of pride and selfishness. In an attempt to shade our eyes from the glaring evil, we turn to that which is good in creation -trees, sunsets, moon, and stars, people, sex, food, money, and all other things that possess some degree of beauty. But even as we turn to these beautiful things, we know deep down that they cannot hold the weight of the joy-gap that is in our hearts. Indeed they were not designed to. We were made for eternal joy and anything that will eventually be taken from us cannot eternally satisfy. No spouse or child, no job or career, no wealth or possession can or ever will satisfy us forever.
“But I will see you again…”
But. What a glorious word! “I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice.” Theology propels doxology. That is, the revealed glory (value, worth, beauty) of God yields the worship (adoration, rejoicing, thanksgiving) of God. When we see all that God is for us in Christ, our hearts will eternally rejoice. God is the inexhaustible fountain of joy that our eternally thirsty hearts will drink from forever. In Christ our temporal sorrows cannot last because they will be pushed out by eternal joy.
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis
Drink from Jesus today. He alone will satisfy.