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Mary - Sadness turning to Joy

James

Have you ever known that something bad was going to happen in your life, that would cause you sadness, yet there was nothing you could do about it? I've only ever experienced this once in my life and it's very difficult. It's hard knowing that someone you love will soon no longer be with you and that you are helpless and can't do anything to change it.

I suppose to some extent, this is how Mary, the Mother of Jesus felt her whole life. When Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the temple, shortly after he had been born, a man named Simeon blessed Mary and said to her;

" This child (the Lord Jesus) is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul" Luke ch 2 v 34 - 35.

I've often wondered if that line, "a sword will pierce your very soul" stuck in Mary's head over the years as she raised Jesus and watched him grow into a man. I wonder if she thought about what it had meant and what was going to happen to her Son, the Lord Jesus.

I think that when Mary watched her Son, Jesus, be crucified on the cross for the sins of the world, yours and mine, those words of Simeon would have come back to her as she experienced the hurt, pain and sadness of watching someone she loved dearly die, knowing there was nothing she could do to change it.

However, can you think of what Mary must have felt like, when a few days later, she found out that her Son had conquered death risen from the dead! I reckon there would have been tears of happiness and that Mary's heart would have been full of Joy. I believe that it would have been a joy that she had never experienced before - her Son was dead, and now he is alive!

At the moment, you may be feeling hurt or pain or sadness in your life, something like what Mary would have felt like at the cross. But this Easter, you can also experience the joy and happiness like Mary would have felt after Jesus' resurrection. True joy can only come from discovering the death, burial and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Getting to know Jesus and deciding to trust him could change your life, giving you joy not only for now, but for eternity.