June 18

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. John 16:20

We must see the sadness, crying, and wailing described in this passage from a Christian perspective, not a worldly one.  This sadness accompanies all of the positions in life that are ordained by God.

God designed the world in such a way that he places people in positions in life before they understand everything that goes with those positions.  For example, young people are hurried into marriage with music and dancing.  They joyfully approach marriage and imagine it will be as sweet as pure sugar.  In the same way, God gives great honor and glory to princes and lords.  He hangs gold chains around their necks, sets them on velvet cushions, and allows people to bow before them and call them “Your Honor.”  He gives them large castles and great fame.  Those who haven’t experienced this lifestyle would think these people’s lives are filled with nothing but joy and pleasure.  Then, having caught them, it’s as if God tosses a rope over their horns.  When they are caught in their positions, they discover their lives are far different than they thought they would be.  The thrill fades.  Misfortune and sorrow spoil the joy and pleasure.

This is nothing compared to the lofty truths Christ is talking about in this passage.  This is how life goes.  It alternates between good and bad, joy and sorrow, summer and winter, sun and rain, good years and bad years, times of sadness and times of laughter and then times of trouble again.  This is the way it is for all people in their positions in life.  It’s very difficult and unpleasant, but we all must patiently endure part of the punishment placed on Adam.

Life of Luther

Barnas Sears, D.D.

An historic and comprehensive biography of early Christianity’s most influential leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther.

Controversial and visionary, Luther’s life is revealed in this rare presentation of his work as an educator and church leader. From his birth and childhood, to his religious education, and the events leading up to the Protestant Reformation, you will discover the views and experiences that led to his excommunication by the Pope in 1520. Correspondence and accounts shed further light on Luther’s defiant translation of the Bible from Latin to the language of the common man.

This unique biography is reproduced from an 1850 American Sunday School Union original, and in it you will be introduced to the pivotal life of this enigmatic man before, during, and after one of Christianity’s defining events.

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