READ : John 16:16-24
The disciples were puzzled at Jesus’ words. What did he mean when he said that he was going away, but that they would see him again?
He told them that a time of mourning and weeping was ahead for them, but that their grief and pain would turn to joy. It would be like the agony of a woman’s birth-pangs followed by the greater gladness of seeing her newborn infant. They would seem to lose their Lord and Friend for a time. They would stand by helplessly as he suffered and died. But then their sorrow would be swallowed up in resurrection joy.
But he had more to tell them about this amazing gladness. He was going to the Father, and they could now begin to pray in his name. The results would be heart-thrilling. “Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.”
Jesus had told them earlier that joy would come as they obeyed him and loved one another. Joy would leap up again when they saw him risen. But the fullness of joy would come when they prayed in the name of Jesus, as those identified with him and his saving purpose. As they asked and received, his joy would fill their hearts.
Teach us, Lord Jesus, to pray in your name. We trust you for fullness of joy. Amen.