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From: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7:19 AM
Subject: future joy
John 16:22 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.
'We have sorrow now', Jesus said to his disciples on the last night before He was crucified. He was about to face the greatest of sorrows...separation from His Father and bearing the weight of our sin in a cruel execution, not to mention the abandonment of the people he had been closest to on earth. But, despite knowing what He was about to go through His focus was on encouraging them. He told them to look past their current sorrows and see, with faith, the joy that would come when He would see them again. And they did see Him again after the resurrection. And their joy carried them to the ends of the earth and beyond...
We have sorrows in this life too...some deep and enduring sorrows. We can ache with loss and we can suffer from regret. Like the disciples we may even fail to acknowledge Jesus before others. Our own limitations and failures can discourage us. We need the sure hope that we, too, will see Him again and that we, too, will rejoice with a joy that no one can remove...not even ourselves.
This is the true Savior...not only of the world...but of us individually.