Become Transformed from Sorrow into Joy (John 16:16-24)Pastor Joe Sanders, May 27, 2012
Part of the Become series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Most of us would agree that no matter when or where you live, or how much or how little possessions you own, this world is full of sorrow and trouble. In America, there's an entire sub culture and marketplace dedicated to help you escape the blues and doldrums and to be happy all the time. Self-help gurus have been peddling their methods for decades and recently many men who stand in pulpits have taken up their cry of happiness and peace and joy all the time- if you think right, give right, do right, live right. Many Christians' prayer lives revolve our "replacement" requests- replace this person, replace this job, replace this child, replace this broken thing, etc, for a new one. A better one. And THEN I'll be happy. Its all so fleeting and temporary and...cheap. Christ knew all about sorrow and helping those around us who are suffering. He talked about a joy that can't be taken away, a joy that comes from the sorrow. A sorrow that is transformed into joy!
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16A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. 17Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? 18They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith. 19Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye inquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me? 20Verily, 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. 21A 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. 22And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 23And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. (KJV)