«Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you» (John 1 6:22).
Discouragement and depression are expressed in numerous Bible verses. Depression is a state of mind that affected certain biblical characters even though many of them were kind-hearted and faithful. Nowadays, we can also suffer from the symptoms of depression at any time or any place. But we must acknowledge that Jesus of Nazareth is the ultimate solution to this problem of discouragement, sadness and depression.
Jesus was born with «good tidings of great joy» which was announced by the angels in Bethlehem. During His life and ministry, Jesus spread His joy to everyone He met, especially to those who most needed it. Jesus offered joy to the leper who knelt before Him and begged for healing. Jesus miraculously healed the centurion’s servant and brought joy to that house. Jesus delivered joy on that Sabbath day in Capernaum by healing Peter’s mother-in-law and other countless sick people. Jesus filled that paralytic lying on his bed with joy as he received forgiveness and complete rehabilitation. Jesus transmitted joy to two blind men who were sitting by the road, begging for compassion by giving them back their sight. Jesus gave joy to that man with the crippled hand who was in the synagogue on a Sabbath day. Jesus filled the Canaanite’s home with joy when she asked Him to heal her demon-possessed daughter. Jesus transformed the great meal of four thousand people into a happy event. Jesus filled the life of that possessed boy—the one whom the disciples could not heal—with joy . . . and a long list of joyful events, which, if all were written «even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written» (John 21:25).
The joy Jesus that gives does not get depleted; on the contrary, it is full and overflowing. The same joy is available to you and me today. He still wants us to enjoy His companionship and blessings. It is true that sometimes the enemy will interfere and we will go through suffering, but Jesus invites us to lift our eyes with the assurance that, even if we are sad, our sadness will be turned into joy (John 16:20). When He returns, our heart will rejoice, and this will be the day when no one and nothing will take our joy from us (v. 22).
The Lord offers this reliable promise mouth with of gladness, joy and happiness today and in the future, «He will yet fill your laughing, and your lips with rejoicing» (Job 8:21).