What Jesus Did! 'A Time of Weeping' — Luke 6:21b

Sunday, March 29, 2015

"What great blessings there are for you people that are crying now! You will be happy and laughing."
— Luke 6:21b
Illustration of Luke 6:21b — "What great blessings there are for you people that are crying now! You will be happy and laughing."

Key Thought

Sorrow is inescapable. Sooner or later, sorrow will touch each heart. Sorrow at the loss of a loved one, sorrow over the world's evil, sorrow at the gross inhumanity of people, sorrow at the world's rejection of God's grace, or sorrow because of persecution for righteousness' sake will not be forgotten. God will not allow a single teardrop to be forgotten. He will wipe away every tear and have our sorrow swallowed up in the joy of his presence and in our victory over sin and death at Jesus' coming. God's blessing awaits all who bear the pain of righteous sorrow.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, sorrow touches many a heart today. Please be near and make your presence known in the life of everyone of your children who sorrows. I know that sorrow is part of our earthly travels, but please encourage us, your children, with the presence of your Spirit and the promises of your great joy that awaits. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus and the apostles came down from the mountain. Jesus stood on a flat place. A large group of his followers were there. Also, there were many people from all around Judea, Jerusalem, and the seacoast cities of Tyre and Sidon. They all came to hear Jesus teach and to be healed of their sicknesses. Jesus healed those people that were troubled by evil spirits {from the devil}. All the people were trying to touch Jesus, because power was coming out from him. Jesus healed them all! Jesus looked at his followers and said, "What great blessings there are for you poor people! God's kingdom belongs to you. What great blessings there are for you people that are hungry now! You will be filled. What great blessings there are for you people that are crying now! You will be {happy and} laughing. "People will hate you because you belong to the Son of Man. They will make you leave their group. They will insult you. They will think it is wrong even to say your name. When these things happen, know that God will bless you. At that time you can be happy and jump for joy, because you have a great reward in heaven. Their fathers were mean to the prophets in the same way that these people are mean to you. "But it will be bad for you, you rich people, because you had your easy life. It will be bad for you people that are full now, because you will be hungry. It will be bad for you people that are laughing now, because you will be sad and cry. "It is bad when all people say good things about you. Their fathers always said good things about the false prophets.

Luke 6:17-26

Related Scripture Readings

Then one of the elders asked me, "Who are these people in white robes? Where did they come from?" I answered, "You know who they are, sir." And the elder said, "These are the people who have come out of the great suffering. They have washed their robes with the blood of the Lamb. Now they are clean and white. So now these people are before the throne of God. They worship God day and night in his temple. And the One (God) who sits on the throne will protect them. They will never be hungry again. They will never be thirsty again. The sun will not hurt them. No heat will burn them. The Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of water that give life. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

Revelation 7:13-17

What great blessings there are for the people that are sad now! God will comfort them.

Matthew 5:4

There is a right time for everything. And everything on earth will happen at the right time. There is a time to cry, and a time to laugh. There is a time to be sad, and a time to dance from joy.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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