16 "A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father." 17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'; and, 'because I go to the Father'?" 18 They said therefore, "What is this that He says, 'A little while'? We do not know what He is saying." 19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, "Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'? 20 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
“You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” John 16:24
Intro: Last week was the first of my advent messages about the Gift. This gift brings those who will receive it the gift of hope. This week the second week of advent the Gift also gives Joy for those who will really receive it, because this gift is a rare commodity!
When one removes a few of the letters in the word commodity and adds just one additional you get the word common. The gift of Joy in the Christian life should be the common thread that brings all of them together. The Christmas season should allow all the believers to experience the true joy of the Gift.
Application: The rare commodity is real Joy!
1. Joy is Divine:
It is possessed and given only by GOD! Its roots are not in earthly or material things or cheap triumphs. It is the joy of the Holy Spirit, a joy based in the Lord. It is His very own Joy. Joy does not depend on circumstances or happiness. Happiness depends upon happenings, but Joy that God implants in the believer’s heart overrides all, even the most troublesome matters of life and death.
This is a rare commodity in the church! REAL Joy! Someone who’s world isn’t rattled every time something unexpected happens, this individual is able to go with the flow, move on, get over it. Their feelings are not hurt so easily.
Joy springs from Faith. Joy of future rewards makes and keeps one faithful. The source of the believer’s joy is several fold:
1. The fellowship of the Father and His Son brings joy.
2. Victory over sin, death, and hell brings joy.
3. Repentance brings joy.
4. The Hope of glory brings joy.
5. The Lord’s Word, the revelations, commandments, and promises which He made bring joy.
6. The commandments of Christ and the will of God bring joy. Obeying and doing a good job stirs joy within the believer’s heart.
7. Prayer brings joy.
8. The presence and fellowship of believers bring joy.
9. Coverts bring joy.
10. Hearing that others walk in the truth brings joy.
11. Giving brings joy.
2. Joy is Deliverance:
Joy defined is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: delight, a state of happiness or felicity a source or cause of delight.
The fruit of the spirit produces deliverance: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
The fruit of the spirit gives joy, so are you a source of joy? Are you delivered, and if you are delivered you will have this rare commodity!
10 Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
“A little while” seven times that statement is made: “A little while” do you think the Lord is trying to tell us something today? Is it possible that we might have a need to be delivered? And if it need be for a while we suffer we can still experience joy because we are delivered?
Conclusion: this is one of the great passages on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it is one of the most glorious passages in all of Scripture. It is one of those passages that lays out more than man could ever imagine. Jesus revealed and proclaimed the resurrection and its effects upon the world. The resurrection perplexes people, but the reality of the resurrection gives joy when we are delivered into His hand. Jesus reminded His followers in His death” “A little while, and ye shall not see me.” Then He reminds them in His resurrection” “And again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.” That’s the real Gift! We will see Him in a little while, His joy is divine and this joy delivers us!
Isn’t it a shame that this gift of joy that should be a common thread amongst all believers is such a rare commodity?
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