JOY IN BAD TIMES

These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full (John 15:11).

Jesus has joy ("my joy") and he is able to give his joy to his disciples in order that they may have full joy.

What is amazing about this verse is that Jesus says it knowing full well that death awaits him and is approaching fast.

He is about to die and yet he has joy. 




That kind of joy exists in God, a supreme joy that cannot be diminished by events, even by torture or death. 

That kind of joy is on offer to us - his joy can be our joy. It is a joy "which can only be known in seeing Calvary from the heart of God; from the viewpoint of heaven" (Jessie Penn-Lewis). 

Abiding in Christ has as its purpose the impartation of joy from God to us even when we face our darkest hour. And to abide in Christ is to obey all that he commands, abiding in his love (John 15:10). For us, joy is found in obedience to Christ even when the world tells us to go the other way. It is to enjoy God, to be favored by him and to bring him glory with our lives.