Jesus came into the world – and then He left. When He told His disciples He would be leaving to return to the Father, they were filled with sorrow (John 16:6). Jesus reassures them, however, by telling them that their sorrow would be replaced by joy when they see Him again, probably referring to His resurrection. As in the Isaiah 66 passage, the image of childbirth is used here to illustrate God’s life-giving action, and now reminds us of Jesus’ own supernatural birth through the power of God.
For us too, when we finally see Jesus face to face, we will forget the sorrows of life in a sin-sick world, and rejoice in the presence of our Savior. “In that day you will ask [as in “question”] nothing of me.” Until then, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, “whatever” we “ask” (as in “petition”) the Father in the name of Jesus, we will receive. Pray that we, the members and leaders of Town North, will find joy in the assurance of Jesus’ second coming, and that until that time we will fervently petition the Father in Jesus’ name for His life-giving power to work in places of need – “that [our] joy may be full.”
“Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
“Once in Royal David’s City,” vss.1, 4, 5
Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child.
And our eyes at last shall see him, through his own redeeming love;
For that child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heav’n above,
And he leads his children on to the place where he is gone.
Not in that poor lowly stable, with the oxen standing by,
We shall see him; but in heaven, set at God’s right hand on high;
When like stars his children crowned all in white shall wait around.