Joy Comes in the Morning!
John 16: 17-24
17 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’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
19 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’? 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 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. 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. 23 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. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Some of the greatest messages in the world are found in gospel songs consisting of 3 or 4 stanzas.
Songs like” Joy comes in the morning”
“Farther Along” and ”We’ll understand it better by and by”
Read the following words to Joy Comes In The Morning.
If you've knelt beside the rubble of an aching broken heart
When the things you gave your life to fell apart
You're not the first to be acquainted with sorrow, grief or pain
But the master promised sunshine after rain
Hold on my child joy comes in the morning
Weeping only last for the night
Hold on my child Joy comes in the morning
The darkest hour means dawn is just in sight
To invest your seeds of trust in God in mountains you can't move
You have risked your life on things you cannot prove
But to give the things you cannot keep for what you cannot lose
Now, that's the way to find the joy God has for you
You know, Earl asked me to preach on the importance of Testimony at Karen’s funeral. It was because of someone’s testimony Earl himself became a Christian. As I said there, sometimes the only gospel some people will ever see is our life.
I have learned several things from observing people at funerals. There are basically 2 types of funerals:
1. Those of born again believers
2. Those of lost people.
Not to oversimplify it. But the reaction from the mourners is what I notice most.
There is an atmosphere of joy in the Christian funerals. Everybody is sad to have lost the person, but everyone is anticipating the reunion with them someday because they know. Karen’s funeral was celebratory in nature. No one was more joyful, than Earl himself.
When you do a funeral of a lost person or one who had little or nothing to do with church you see quite a different picture. The tears are greater, the sobbing louder, the sorrow deeper. I believe this is due to the uncertainty of the loved one’s destination (though everyone assumes they are in heaven) and the reality that they too will die one day and death really is a possibility.
Both the believer and the unbeliever will suffer pain, sorrow, disappointment, but the believer has a promise from God that we will ultimately have joy and a closer relationship with Jesus.