The Coming Joy of Seeing Jesus Again, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 269)
TEXT: John 16:20-22:
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 269.
Henry Ward Beecher said, “In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.”
Jesus has promised His disciples that their sorrow over His crucifixion, death, and departure from them would be transformed into joy. In order to illustrate this, He uses the image of a woman about to give birth to a child. He says, “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.”
Bringing a child into the world is a painful process. But after it is done, no mother will tell you that she wishes for the child to be taken away. Why not? Didn’t the child cause tremendous pain? Yes, it did, but now it has brought tremendous joy into the life of the parents. The pain has been changed into joy.
The once-for-all sacrifice of Christ would have the same effect. Even though Jesus had talked about it with the disciples, letting them know what was going to happen, it would still cause them great pain. Jesus, Himself, was about to enter into “travail of soul” in the Garden of Gethsemane as He agonized over God’s plan. At the outset of these events, Jesus, who knew all things, told the disciples that the outcome would be wrapped up in joy. Dr John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state: “Now, the disciples were entering the process of pain, but the light of joy was just ahead.”
In fact, the joy that Jesus promised would be so great that He said, “Your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” The disciples’ joy was rooted in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because that could not be undone, their joy could never be removed. The disciples maintained this joy through persecution, through hardship, through pain, and even through death because it was rooted in something that transcended all of that. The very thing that they feared, the very thing that had been the source of their sorrow — Jesus’ separation from them — became the source of their joy.
How does this apply to us today? First, we can gain joy from our knowledge of the fact that Jesus has risen from the dead and lives inside each of us. On top of that, all of the pain and sorrow that we experience here on earth will be transformed into joy when we see Jesus face to face.
Esther Kerr Rusthoi wrote:
Ofttimes the day seems long,
our trials hard to bear,
We’re tempted to complain,
to murmur and despair;
But Christ will soon appear
to catch His Bride away,
All tears forever over
in God’s eternal day.
It will be worth it all
when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small
when we see Christ;
One glimpse of His dear face
all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race
till we see Christ.
You can take part in the joy that Jesus fulfilled in His disciples by receiving Him as your Savior today. Here is how.
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.