“… I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” (v.22)
One of the reasons why so many Christians
do not experience the delights of spiritual joy is because they do not expect to. A woman who came into the experience of Christian conversion: “Strange, but I never associated joy with God before.” How sad that many do not expect their faith to make them basically and fully joyful now. They think that joy is reserved for the hereafter. Our Lord pointed out to the disciples that it was for the present.
We can better understand this supernatural joy if we distinguish it from the pleasures of life with which it is sometimes confused. Spiritual or supernatural joy is quite different from pleasure or happiness. A worldling can experience pleasure and happiness but he cannot experience supernatural joy…