Good grief and greater joy

You will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy. John 16:20

Jesus’ horrific death now causes grief even among those who don’t believe He is Messiah. Only when we realize that He truly is the Hope of nations, the Savior of the world, the Prince of peace can that grief turn to joy. Only when we grieve as recipients of His personal sacrifice for our individual redemptions can we experience the joy of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Risen Lord, thank you for this good grief and greater joy.