It is good to be given â€˜heads-upâ€™ regarding what is just around the corner â€“ to be forewarned is to be forearmed. The disciples are told there is painful grief ahead, a time when they will be all scattered. Their painful grief will turn to unutterable joy. Jesus will be taken from them for a little while but He will return and no one will take away their joy - the joy of understanding fully what the Son and the Father have accomplished, the joy of coming directly to the Father for all their needs. They will know without a doubt that the Father loves them personally. Finally they are to take heart - Christ has defeated the world! These many reasons for joy are no less ours and give us courage to face whatever the world throws at us!
John DUNKLEY BTh, Dip.Min. and Dip. Pastoral Studies. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has pastored a number of Baptist churches. He has also ministered at Westcare Baptist Mission - an inner city ministry and served as a voluntary Police Chaplain.