Tears to joy (Jn 16:20-16:20)

“Truly!

Very truly!

I say to you!

You will weep!

You will mourn!

But the world

Will rejoice!

You will have pain!

But your pain

Will turn into joy!”

ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι κλαύσετε καὶ θρηνήσετε ὑμεῖς, ὁ δὲ κόσμος χαρήσεται· ὑμεῖς λυπηθήσεσθε, ἀλλ’ ἡ λύπη ὑμῶν εἰς χαρὰν γενήσεται.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said with a solemn pronouncement (ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν) that they would weep (ὅτι κλαύσετε)!  They would lament or mourn (καὶ θρηνήσετε ὑμεῖς)!  However, the world (ὁ δὲ κόσμος) would rejoice (χαρήσεται) at the same time.  They would be grieved or have pain (ὑμεῖς λυπηθήσεσθε), but their pain (ἀλλ’ ἡ λύπη ὑμῶν) would turn into joy (εἰς χαρὰν γενήσεται).  Jesus once again issued a solemn pronouncement.  They were going to weep and mourn, while the world rejoiced.  However, their pain would turn into happiness and joy, as their sorrow would be short lived.  Now things became clear.  They would suffer for a little while.  Have you ever suffered for a little while?

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