One of the sure things of killing joy is to just turn on the news. No matter which news network that you turn on it seems as tho they are all about doom and gloom. Very rarely you hear something that will bring joy to one’s heart.
By now the disciples were wanting to change channels. Jesus in all His talk was preparing to leave them. How could they go on? The joy they had was now sorrow and anguish at the thought of Him leaving them.
The more I look at the reactions to the disciples the more I realize they are not the superheroes of faith. Their reaction was how we react to news of a loss. Focus no longer on the here and now, they were stressing about Jesus was no longer going to be with them and lost their joy.
Sorrow can quickly feel one’s heart when the is set on the pain of the situation one is in. Jesus compared it to a woman giving birth. Once the baby is born, the joy of holding that baby wipes out any memory of that pain.
Jesus knew how His death was going to effect the disciples in a big way. His plans would affect them in a bigger way. How do you explain as bad as things might appear, they will soon be better?
Why do things get worse when we go through trials before they get better? The old saying, “It is the darkest before the dawn.” Like David said in Psalm 30:5b,
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
Jesus reassures the disciples although they may be filled with sorrow there will come a time that their joy is filled and no one will be able to take that from them. Likewise, as we go through trials in our lives we need to hold on to the promise that He made that our joy will be filled and when we are focused on Him no one can take that joy from us.