By Ian Hufton
If you are like me your burden of sadness grows heavier and heavier each day. People are dying in floods and tornadoes and street fights etc… all the time.
Jesus said the world’s worst events would occur just before His arrival on earth to bring about peace and happiness for all nations.
Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the
beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should
no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall
THE GREATEST SADNESS IS COMING.
How will each of us cope with the burden of sadness in the coming days? How does Jesus want His servants to react to growing and overwhelming sadness?
Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a
cloud with power and great glory.
Luke 21:28 And when …..these things…. begin… to come to pass, then look
up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh.
A ….. JOYOUS – EXCITEMENT…… FOCUS
Jesus wants His servants fired up and excited, not buried in sadness. We need to be able to balance our burden of sadness with the promised joy ahead of us. Paul cautions us against being weary and fainting.
Galatians 6:9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due
season we shall reap, if we faint not.
DAVID, JOB AND JESUS
King David faced many sore troubles yet he balanced the pain with his joy for the promises of the future.
Psalm 71:20 Thou, which hast showed me great and sore troubles, shall
quicken me again, and shall bring me up again from the depths
of the earth.
Psalm 71:21 Thou shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
Psalm 71:22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy
truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou
Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 71:23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my
soul, which thou hast redeemed.
Job (in the book of Job) also balanced his giant burden of grief and sadness with his grasp of the joy of future blessings.
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but
I will maintain mine own ways before him.
Job 14:14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of
my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
Job 14:15 Thou shall call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt
have a desire to the work of thine hands.
Jesus suffered great horror, pain and agony but balanced it with a view of the joy promised in the future.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who
for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising
the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners
against himself,….. lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
OUR MAIN FOCUS
Paul explains how we counter balanced the…… weight of continuing sadness.
2Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man
perish, yet the inward man is…….renewed day by day.
2Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us
a far more…….. exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2Corinthians 4:18 While we….. look not at the things……… which….are….. seen, but
at the things which …are not seen… for the things which are
seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are …..eternal.
God has given us many Bible examples to follow and help us balance the grievous tragedies all around us with the unspeakable joy of the coming of God’s new paradise on earth.
1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom,
though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye
rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
1 Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
ABRAHAM FOCUSED ON THE GREAT PROMISES
Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place
which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed;
and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Hebrews 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a
strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob,
the heirs with him of the same promise:
Hebrews 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations,
whose builder and maker is God.
THEY FOCUSED ON THE PROMISES
Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises,
but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them,
and embraced them, and confessed that they
were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Hebrews 11:14 For they that say such things declare
plainly that they seek a country.
Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly:
wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God:
for He hath prepared for them a city.
These “hall of fame” Bible heroes suffered trials and great sadness but they balanced themselves with powerful, uplifting thinking on the sure promises of the days out ahead.
“DEATH – DAY”………WORDS FROM JESUS
Jesus was less than 24 hours from dying when He urged His disciples to “be of good cheer”
even in personal tribulation. Jesus knows we will be burdened by great sadness in a world of darkness.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye
might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but
be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have
I loved you: continue ye in my love.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall
abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's
commandments, and abide in his love.
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might
remain in you, and that….. your….. joy….. might….. be full.
SO JESUS SAYS……..LIFT UP YOUR HEADS
Luke 21:9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified:/
Luke 21:10 /Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places and famines,
and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from
Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
Luke 21:20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with
armies, then…… know… that…the desolation thereof is nigh.
Luke 21:21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains;/
Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the
sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and
Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until/
Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in
the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of
nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Luke 21:26 Men's…. hearts….. failing… them….for…. fear, and for looking
after those things which are coming on the earth: for the
powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Luke 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man (JESUS) coming in a
cloud with power and great glory.
Luke 21:28 And…. when these things…… begin to come to pass, …..then…..
…… look up,…… and …..lift….. up…. your….. heads; for
…..your…. redemption…… draws…… nigh.