Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. John 16:22
Jesus understood. He knew that he was facing death, and he knew that his family and disciples would mourn his death. They would grieve, indeed. It was important to him that they should hear his promises now, while he was still with them. They would see him again. He promised. They would rejoice. He promised. No one would take away their joy. He promised.
Grief is one of the most painful things we experience. But God knows what it is to grieve, and that’s why he gives us the promise of new life, reunion, and rejoicing. His promises are as real today as they were on that night of the Last Supper, when Jesus told his followers so many things that they had to know. He tells these thing to us, now.
© Carol Dean Henn 2018
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