Wouldn’t it be great if every day that we got up to face the world, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and we didn’t have a care in the world? But in reality we face rainy days, the birds have flown south, and the trials of life can seem overwhelming. Sometimes the bad things seem so bad we struggle to find any joy in our lives, feeling as if all the joy of life has been sucked right out of our very being.
In John 16, Jesus is preparing His disciple for His departure and is giving them some facts by telling them that two things are going to happen “in His name”. In His name, they are going to go through some really tough times, but they will also experience some really great things in His name. So let’s see what Jesus has to say about joy.