Sorrow Will Turn to Joy

John 16:33- Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that ye might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer [courage]; I have overcome the world.” KJV

Some of the “things” Jesus spoke that would give peace to His disciples were the promises that:

  • God would provide them with another Comforter (the Holy Spirit) to abide in them, lead them into all truth, and help them remember everything Jesus had taught them (John 14: 26).
  • He was going to the Father to prepare an eternal place for them; and in this wonderful place, they would be with Him forever (John 14:1-4).
  • Jesus left His peace with them that was unlike the peace of the world, which depends on circumstances; rather His peace always has the power to calm troubled hearts (John 14:27).
  • He would return! (John 14:28).
  • If they continued to abide in Him, and keep His word, then they could “…ask what you will, and it will be done unto you” (John 15:7).

Although these assurances were made to the disciples of Jesus, these promises are further supported throughout the New Testament as promises all followers of Jesus can rely on:

We will be in heaven and have eternal life– John 10:28-30; Rom. 6:8-11; James 1:12

The Holy Spirit/Comforter indwells us– Acts 2:38

We can live in His peace– 2Th. 3:16; 1Cor. 14:33

Jesus will return– Mt.24:27; Heb. 9:28

He answers our prayers– 1 John 5:14-15

As Jesus had said to His disciples, tribulation is inevitable in this world:

Therefore, the farewell words Jesus gave to His disciples in John 14-17 become all the more precious as we approach Christ’s return. No matter what befalls us, the Lord’s promises remain true…we can confidently count on spending eternity with our dear Savior. Meanwhile, it is possible to live in supernatural peace and to pray knowing He will answer our prayers. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit indwells and empowers us just as with His disciples; and so, just as with His disciples, all our sorrows will be turned into joy.