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A Savior is Born: Joy

December 29, 2019

 

 

A Savior is Born — JOY

John 16:20-24

 

"20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."


 

PAIN IS IMPOSSIBLE TO AVOID V20

 

"20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy."

 

Isaiah 53

 

"3 He was despised and rejected by men,

a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;

and as one from whom men hide their faces

he was despised, and we esteemed him not."


 

PAIN ALWAYS HAS A PURPOSE VV21-22

 

"21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you."


"eat the fruit of sorrow, even if it is bitter. This fruit, that you can only eat now, has nutrients in it that you can’t get any other way...There are nutrients that we draw out of seasons of suffering that are strengthening to the bones of our faith and sweetening to the marrow of our faith like we can’t get any other way. Eat them. Go ahead and eat them. As long as God keeps you in that season..." -John Piper


 

PAIN DRAWS US NEAR TO GOD VV23-24

 

"23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."


Psalm 34:18

 

"18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

and saves the crushed in spirit."


SO WHAT?

 

"1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

because the Lord has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim freedom for the captives

and release from darkness for the prisoners,

2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

and the day of vengeance of our God,

to comfort all who mourn,

3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

to bestow on them a crown of beauty

instead of ashes,

the oil of joy

instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise

instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

a planting of the Lord

for the display of his splendor."

 

 

 

 

LIFE GROUP NOTES SESSION 4

JOY

 

BIG IDEA

Bethlehem, though small and insignificant, was considered great in the eyes of God. God used this little town to bring about the birth of our Savior where peace would come for all people and redemption would reign.

 

PERSONAL REFLECTION

How did Ruth's determination to stay with Naomi, and not return to her homeland, demonstrate love and devotion to the family.

 

 

God stepped in and miraculously worked in the lives of two average women. How does his faithfulness in their life encourage you today?

 

⊲ BE CHALLENGED 

Think of a person you know who has a need (emotional, physical, or spiritual). Seek out a tangible way to help meet that need. Use that opportunity to share how God meets our needs and redeems what has been lost. What happened?

 

⊲ FURTHER STUDY

Read Isaiah 40. How has Jesus been a “good Shepherd” in your life? How does Satan, the flesh, the world, or your personal struggles, deter you from embracing the Shepherd?

 

 

 

 

 

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