Google+ 05/08/13 Grieve, Mourn, Weep, and then, Rejoice Eternally!!!

John 16:16-20

 

“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. 

 

Do you know how long a "little while" is?  When we were children, this was a popular answer to a popular question.  We used to ask our parents, "Are we there yet?"  They would answer, "In a little while!"  None of us knew what that meant, so we usually asked again, or looked bewildered.  My parents would often pull out a map or a "AAA Triptik," and show me what a "little while" meant.  I remember thinking, as I was looking at the map, that it didn't look like a "little while" to me!  It is good to know that some things never change.  The disciples had no idea what Jesus was talking about when He told them that they would not see Him in a "little while."  They also had no clue when He proclaimed, that in a "little while,"  they would see Him again.  Jesus, being the incredible Savior He was and is, recognized their confusion.  Jesus explained it to the disciples.  Jesus then said a very important thing to them and to us.  What we Christians weep and mourn about, the world rejoices in!  Did you get that?  We Christians and the world look at situations in life completely differently.  Christians grieve and mourn over different things.  The greatest example of this is our lack of understanding of physical death.  Initially, we grieve.  The loved one or friend that is physically gone, triggers in all of us many different emotions.  We often weep and mourn, as we should.  Unless the world knew our friend or family member, they probably won't weep, mourn, or grieve, but go on with the daily, worldly "rejoicing" that is normal and common place for them.  That kind of "rejoicing" is very short-lived.  Jesus tells us today that He will turn our grieving into great joy.  What kind of joy?  We refer to it as the "joy of the Lord."  This is the never-ending, Easter-resurrection joy that never goes away.  It is always present in us, but the mourning part creeps into our lives on a daily basis.  As a minister, I grieve over all of our death, sickness, jealousy, envy, anger, selfishness, and lack of faith.  If that was all I did, I would be a pretty miserable and depressing guy!  God and Jesus know us and, working through the Holy Spirit, they turn our grieving into great joy.  So, don't let your heart be troubled, at least not for very long.  Let Jesus turn your mourning and weeping into His great joy.  God's instruction manual gives us simple instructions to follow, so let's do just that.  Don't leave out any steps.  Beginning today, "Grieve, Mourn, Weep, and then, Rejoice Eternally!"