Last Words of Jesus: Sorrow Turned Into Joy
"So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you." John 16:22 (ESV)
Reading from the Book of John, chapter 16: 16-33. Jesus shared with his disciples that he would soon go away for a little while when they would not see him, but then he would return in a little while and they would see him again. The disciples were puzzled by his words, and asked what he meant. He replied, "You will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve but your grief will turn to joy. As a mother has sorrow while in labor, she soon rejoices at the birth of her child, and no one will take away her joy."
The disciples believed in Jesus and in his ministry, but they only had partial knowledge of the whole picture. He assured them that when he returned to the Father, he would send the Holy Spirit to comfort them. Then when Jesus returned to them, they would understand fully because of what the Holy Spirit would reveal to them. He warned them that they would be hated because of Him, but one day their joy would be complete and no one would be able to take away their joy.
What is wrong with the Prosperity Gospel?
Jesus said in John 16:23 ".....I tell you the truth, my Father will give you anything you ask in my name."
Do you believe this means that we can ask God for anything? If we are living our lives in accordance with God's word and in the Spirit, then whatever we ask for is also in accord with God's will. The "Prosperity Gospel" is derived from this verse, among others. God never promised wealth. If the love of wealth is one's focus, then it is also one's god. Jesus was poor and he preached and ministered primarily to the poor. Read also Luke 6:24, Luke 12:21, James 5:1-6, Matt. 19:23,24, I Tim. 6:9,10.
What is the Gospel Jesus preached?
Mark 1:14-15: "After John had been put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come," he said, "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
Mark 1:32-34: "The people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. And Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who He was."
Put your Faith in Action: Count it all joy, brothers and sisters! Where is your joy? Study your eternal hope, which brings joy in the present, by reading Revelation chapters 21 and 22.