For You Will Laugh!
I do not think that Jesus came to earth simply to prepare people for salvation after death. If we look closely at the teachings and ministry of Jesus, we will see that the Lord was first focused on how you and I can receive happiness and joy in this lifetime. When we read the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the “Beatitudes” and other sections of the Sermon on the Mount, it is clear to me that Jesus is showing us how to enjoy life here on earth as well as the promise of eternal life in the kingdom to come. The verse I am starting with today is about the promise of Jesus that those who are sad will be filled with laughter and those who are hungry will be filled.
Luke 6: 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 
Some Christians are too quick to dismiss their quality of life in the hope that everything will be made better after death. This type of attitude misses the main point of the coming of Jesus to earth. I believe the Lord came to earth to show us how to life and how to be happy. If you are unhappy and dissatisfied with your life, you really should step back, read the Bible again and ask yourself, where does the Lord promise that we should defer joy until we die and go to heaven? I do not see it. What I do see and read is that the Lord is promising those who believe in him, joy in this life as well as after death in heaven.
Questions for Reflection:
- What are your thoughts about the promise of an immediate blessing by Jesus?
- Do you think a Christian has to die and go to heaven before receiving a blessing in this lifetime? Why?
- What must the Christian do to receive their blessing in this lifetime?
Prayer: Lord, turn my sorrow into joy. Teach me to laugh. Teach me to be happy. Transform my grief and tears into smiles and laughter. Lord, turn my emptiness into true satisfaction and genuine pleasure. Lord, I seek your happiness, today. Lord, I seek your blessing in this life, as well as the life to come. Bless me with you peace. Bless me with your joy. Bless me with your laughter. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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