"Most assuredly, I say to you that you will sweep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy." ~ John 16:20 (NKJV)
On the night of My arrest, I took a few minutes to try to prepare My disciples for what would soon be happening. I knew that My arrest and crucifixition would cause them to experience the most painful sorrow of their lives. I knew that their sorrow would be made worse as they would see people cheering My death. However, I wanted them to know that their terrible sorrow would be turned to joy by My resurrection - a joy that would last for the rest of their lives. Child, I know you, too, experience great sorrows. But I want you to know that if you turn your eyes and heart to all that you have in Me, your sorrow will be replaced with a joy that can never be taken away. Whe you remain in sorrow, you are choosing to ignore the incomparable, eternal realities that are yours. Turn around and run to Me! Open your eyes to My words, and receive their spirit and life!
"Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you." ~ John 16:22 (NKJV)
:from "Jesus Speaks" by Steven K. Scott