Unlimited: We Have Sorrow For Only A Little While
Jan 9, 2017 849
In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me(John 16:16).
With hindsight we know what Jesus was telling his disciples in this passage. Here Jesus speaks of “a little while” (micron, from which we get our word “micro”). He was telling his disciples that they wouldn’t see him for the “little while” that he would be in the grave, but after this “little while” they would see him again. This “little while”, for them, would be a time of weeping and lamenting while the world rejoiced, but after that “little while” their grief would be turned to joy, and no one would ever take that joy away from them.
We, too, have our “little whiles” in which we weep and lament, but they too won’t last long, because Jesus has conquered mankind’s greatest enemy –death. The day will come when our weeping and lamenting will be turned to joy, and no one will be able to take that joy away from us, for death will have been abolished forever.
In the meantime we are both “in the world” and “in Jesus”. In Jesus we have peace (that’s a promise), but in this world we will have trouble (that also is a promise). But if we identify with Jesus the world will never overcome us (that too is a promise – 1 John 4:4) because Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33). – Ritchie Way
Eli’s Reflection: The verse reassures us that our “little whiles” will only last a “little while,” and then there will be joy. Are you going through one of those “little whiles” right now? If you are, find a strong and loving Christian to talk to about it. If you aren’t, why don’t you make contact with someone who is struggling, to encourage them in Christ.