Monday Morning: 25 Feb 2019 – John 16:16-33 ~ Cheer up! I win in the end.

Monday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 16:16-33 (NLT)

Sadness Will Be Turned to Joy

“In a little while you won’t see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again.”

Some of the disciples asked each other, “What does he mean when he says, ‘In a little while you won’t see me, but then you will see me,’ and ‘I am going to the Father’? And what does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand.”

Jesus realized they wanted to ask him about it, so he said, “Are you asking yourselves what I meant? I said in a little while you won’t see me, but a little while after that you will see me again. I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy. It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world. So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy. At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

“I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father. Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God. Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.”

Then his disciples said, “At last you are speaking plainly and not figuratively. Now we understand that you know everything, and there’s no need to question you. From this we believe that you came from God.”

Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe? But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
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Morning Reflection:

Got trouble? (tribulation, trials, distress and frustration) Jesus says: “Cheer up! I win in the end.”

“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” – John John 16:33

Jesus is speaking directly to his disciples to prepare them for his “Passion,” and his apparent defeat by the forces of evil in this world. They had no way of knowing what they would be facing in the very near future. And Jesus wanted to assure them – “It’s not over ’till it’s over; and in the end, I win!”

We have the advantage of knowing how it all plays out – the trials and sorrows of Jesus’ disciples, and the trials and sorrows of the early church even after Jesus’ resurrection and the gift of his Spirit to every believer. And today’s reading is an assurance to us as well – “It’s not over ’till it’s over; and in the end, I win!”

What causes sadness?

+ The grief of defeat – Good Friday and the apparent death of hope.

+ The sorrow of despair – the victory dance of the forces of evil.

+ The fear of martyrdom – those seeking to destroy and devour believers.

+ The failure of believers – surrendering to the forces of evil.

Why should we cheer up? Jesus says –

+ Expect sudden, wonderful joy – I’m alive!

+ Expect safe and secure joy – No one can take it away from you.

+ Expect direct access to the Father – Use my name and your in.

+ Expect to experience the love of the Father – Because you are mine.

+ Expect full and complete joy  – Just ask and receive it in my name.

+ Expect my return – Everything will be made right in the end.

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.” – John 16:31

Questions for consideration:

  • When you think of trials and troubles, what comes to mind? Please explain.
  • What causes you the most sadness and sorrow? Please explain.
  • Do you find any comfort in today’s reading? Please explain.
  • How does joy factor into your life? Have you asked for more? Please explain.
  • What would that look like in your personal circumstances? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Lord Jesus: My trials and tribulations are as nothing compared with yours; still they are my trials – the cross you have given me to carry on the road to freedom, on the road to full and complete joy. Give me the courage and conviction to live with the end in mind – “You win!” Strengthen me in faith and expand my understanding of your indefatigable love for me, even in my fears and failures. Thank you for the assurance you gave your disciples; make it mine today. I ask all this in your name. Amen.
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“Overcome The World” – ENCS Music, Singapore

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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