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Sorrow Into Joy

Sorrow Into Joy

| On 17, Jul 2014

by: Pastor Carlos Barcelona Jr.

KEY TEXT:

John 16: 13- 24, 33
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”

Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16 deals primarily with the emotions of the disciples. They were down and out. But it is an encouragement for us to know that the disciples were real men with problems. They were not different from us, they were not endowed with spiritual knowledge and courage. They were human. They were filled with sorrows, confusions, disappointments, fears that led to tears, yet what Jesus told them made a difference in their lives just as it can make a difference in our lives today.

Man is the only created being who can laugh, and who can shed tears in the sense of expressing emotions and the shedding of tears is a unique human method of expressing sorrow, pain, despair and disappointment.
Tears speak more about what our hearts feel than any words could ever express. Those tiny drops of humanity that tumble from our eyes, creep down our cheeks and splash on the floors of our heart sometimes carry the message that our hearts ache and hurt. Tears are the messengers that sometimes substitute for our crippled words and spill forth carrying with them our deepest emotions.

As humans we always make effort to turn our sorrows to joy and we tried to substitute or replace.
But according to the Scripture, WHAT WILL TURN SORROW INTO JOY?

1. THE PROMISE OF PARTNERSHIP.

V. 13- 14 “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.”

Illustration:
A missionary was seated on a plane next to a well-dressed young man and they soon began conversing. The missionary asked him what he did for a living. He answered, “I’m in big business.” “So am I,” replied the missionary. With that the young man remarked, “I cover the entire U.S. with my business.” “Well,” said the missionary, “I’ve travelled all over the world in connection with mine.” The young man continued: “I’m in partnership with my father. He’s a millionaire.” The missionary smiled and said, “I, too, am in partnership with my Father. He’s a multimillionaire.” The young man said, “We have representatives in most states.” The missionary replied, “We have representatives in almost every country in the world.” By this time the young man looked at the missionary and said, “What sort of business are you in, anyway?” When the missionary explained, the young man said, “Sir, you’re not just in big business. You’re in the biggest!”

Our business in this world is the biggest business and our partner plays a vital role. Jesus promised that He will send the Holy Spirit to guide us.

The Holy Spirit is a Person. He is not enthusiasm. He is not courage. He is not energy. He is not the personification of anything. He is a person just the same as you are a person, and He has the qualities of a person… He can hear, speak, desire, grieve and rejoice. He can communicate with you and can love you. He can be grieved when you resist and ignore Him. He can be quenched as any friend can be shut up.

Jesus had many things He wanted to tell the disciples before he departed them, but they would not be able to bear them at that time and it is the Holy Spirit who would tell them what Jesus wanted to tell them. The Holy Spirit will give them insight into what is yet to come.

The Holy Spirit is our guide, navigator and pathfinder. He is today looking for men, women and children who will co-operate with Him and bring His will to pass wherever they go.

God has called us to be partners with Him – we are no longer servants when we know the business of the Master – “instead we are now called friends, for what the Father has made known to Jesus, Jesus also wishes to make known to us!” (John 15:15).

Our obligation is to live by, and to keep in step with, The Spirit! Romans 8, states clearly that we live one of two ways – either by the Spirit, or by the sinful nature. The truth in this is that when we desire to live Gods way, “Living in the Spirit” is the only option. To live in accordance with the Spirit, “our minds must be set on what the Spirit desires” (v.5) and we obtain “life and peace” when “our minds are controlled by the Spirit”(v.6). So then, we “have an obligation – but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (v.12-14).

Romans 14:17. “For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” May we regard this joy of the Holy Ghost, not only as a beautiful thing to admire, not only as a thing to have beautiful thoughts about, but as a blessing that we are going to claim.

2. THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATION.

V. 21 “A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.”

God will bring joy to our lives, not by substitution but by transformation. This is very clear in His illustration of the woman giving birth. The same baby that caused the pain also caused the joy. In birth, God does not substitute something else to relieve the mother’s pain. Instead, God uses what is there already but transforms it.
What is substitution and why God does not work this way?

Illustration:
If a mother always gets a new toy for the child each time a toy is broken, that child will grow up expecting problem to be solved by substitution. The result is a spoiled child who will not be able to cope with reality.

The way of substitution for solving problem is the way of immaturity. The way of transformation is the way of faith and maturity. We cannot mature emotionally or spiritually if somebody is always replacing our broken toys.
Jesus did not say that the mother’s sorrow (pain) was replaced by joy, but her sorrow was transformed to joy. The same baby that caused the pain also caused the joy.

And so it is in a Christian life. God takes impossible situations, adds the miracle of His grace, and transforms trial into triumph and sorrow into joy. “The Lord thy God turned the curse into a blessing.” Deut. 23: 5

E.g.

1. Joseph’s brothers sold him as a slave, and Potiphar put him into prison as a criminal, but God transformed that hopeless situation of defeat into victory.

2. Israel was persecuted by Egypt but it only caused them to multiply and prosper the more.

3. King Saul’s murderous pursuit of David only made him a man of God and helped produce the psalms that encourage our hearts today.

4. Jesus took the cross, a symbol of defeat and shame, and transformed it into a symbol of victory and glory.

3. THE PRIVILEGE OF A BETTER POSITION.

V. 23- 24 “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

Sons and servants have very different roles in a household and there are different expectations put on each of them. The Jews understood and knew the significance of the position of a son from a servant. They had been taught that men are just servants of God not sons.

But on that day, Jesus was telling His disciples of their privileges and access to God. And that privilege is through a relationship… a better position.

This passage talks about prayer. The word “ask” has 2 different meanings and uses. The first use is in verses 19 and 23a which means “to ask a question” or “to ask a request.” It is used when someone makes a request of someone equal. The second use is in verses 23b and 24 and it means “to request something of a superior.” Jesus never used the second meaning because He is equal with God. We come as inferiors to God, asking for His blessings but He assured His disciples that “in that day” or the coming of the Holy Spirit, they can come to the heavenly Father as their father to ask a request, not to beg. That’s why Jesus taught them to pray, “Our Father who art in heaven…”

It should be clear to us then that we can choose from these 2 kinds of relationship with God.

1. The Servant-Master Relationship. – we have to beg from a superior.

2. The Son-Father Relationship. – to ask a request of someone equal.

What is the difference?

Servants have not that interest in their master’s affections as the sons have. Servants are not clothed as the sons. Servants don’t always abide in the house as sons do. Servants have limited access. Sons have full access to all the Father has. Servants receive wages. Sons receive their father’s inheritance. Servants are looking for their identity. Sons have identity.

Galatians 4: 7 “Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

Our prayers become very effective because we are sons and we know our Father’s heart. We see His vision and have interest in His agenda and therefore we know that when we ask, it is according to his will.

4. THE PREDICTED ACCOMPLISHMENT OF VICTORY.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16: 33 is the summary and climax of the Upper Room message. Why did Jesus give this message? so that the disciples or believers might have peace in a world of tribulation. In Christ there is peace; in the world there is tribulation and sorrow. This is the position we need to claim: we are in Christ, and therefore we can overcome the world.

Every believer is either overcome or an overcomer. “And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (I John 5: 4). The world wants to overcome us; this is why Satan uses the world to persecute, pressure and bring sorrow to believers. The world wants us to conform; it does not want us to be different from the rest. But when we yield ourselves to Christ and trust Him, He enables us to be overcomers. We must claim this accomplishment of Christ and believe Him for victory.

“Be of good cheer” is one of the Lord’s repeated statements of encouragement. Literally, it means, “Cheer up!” There is the “good cheer” of His pardon, His power and His presence. Here in this verse, Jesus announces the “good cheer” of His victory over the world. We are overcomers because He has first overcome for us.

This prediction of Christ’s accomplishment only assures us that:

OUR SORROW WILL TURN INTO JOY

V. 22 “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

There may be a time when it looks as if to be a Christian brings nothing but sorrow, and to be of the world brings nothing but joy. But the day will come when the roles are reversed. The world’s careless joy will turn to sorrow; and the Christian’s apparent sorrow will turn to joy.

There will be 2 precious things about this joy:

1. It will never be taken away. It will be independent of the chances and changes of the world. The joy the world gives is at the mercy of the world. The joy which Christ gives is independent of anything the world can do.

2. It will be complete. In life’s greatest joy there is always something lacking. It may be that somehow there lingers some regret; that there is a cloud to mar it; that the memory that it cannot last is always at the back of our minds. This joy has no shade of imperfection. It is perfect and complete. The pain which went before is forgotten.

CONCLUSION:
Our sorrow can be turned into joy because the Holy Spirit will pour out the joy of the Lord in our lives. God will transform our sorrows into joy. We have been given the privilege of a better position and Jesus accomplished and predicted victory. This joy will never be taken away and it will be a complete, perfect joy.

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