Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

A woman when she travaileth hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more he anguish for joy that a man is born into the world.

And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. (John 16:20-22)

Would you like to attain un-shakable joy? A joy which can never be taken away?

Perhaps that is a fanciful dream – people don’t expect to have joy which remains with them forever, and cannot be taken! But Christ declared that there is such a joy.

The more deeply I meditate on God’s word, and the more I enter into fellowship with Christ, the more I know this joy to be a reality. No matter our circumstances, no matter whether we have fellowship with anyone on earth, we can have this joy of the Lord.

Joy is far above happiness, it is deep in the soul and it comes to us when we are perfectly contented, consoled, and secure in our fellowship with God. Do you have fellowship with God? He would impart to you His unshakable joy – He wants you to be full of joy:

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. (Joh 15:11)

But what did we read about sorrow?

Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

In context, the Lord was about to be crucified, and He knew that His friends would be deeply grieved by His death. He also knew that He would be resurrected, and His disciples would then be filled with His Spirit – a permanant union with Christ could be made for all believers by His sacrifice. They would weep and lament, but their sorrow woukd then be turned into joy, for their friend who had stayed with them for a time would now be with hem forever because He departed.
The process for attaining joy is exactly the same for us though we did not know Him in the flesh. Would you have the joy of the Lord, to live and abide in it forever?

You must be born again.

To achieve joy, we must enter into the fellowship of Christ – this requires repentance on our part for light has fellowship with darkness. We must turn from our sins, and from the way of the world. We become sorrowful for our sins, yet the world rejoices in its darkness, and revels to cause us suffering. But our sorrow will be turned into joy, for the Lord has risen to heaven and poured out His Spirit in these days.

A woman when she travaileth hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more he anguish for joy that a man is born into the world.

Like a woman who gives birth, salvation is a whole new life – a life of joy and fellowship with the Creator. The hour of decision will come upon everyone, and sorrow will come with it. Yet even the anguish of labor produces life, and so our suffering and sorrow can count as a deposit toward joy. When we repent and believe in Christ, we give birth to a new life of joy where even sorrow turns to joy that no one can take away.

When you take up fellowship with Christ, you become a New Creature:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)

When Christ ascended to heaven, He did so so that He could reveal Himself to all mankind. In the flesh He could only be in one place, but in the Spirit His presence has no limits. If you seek Him, and keep His word He WILL manifest Himself to you (John 14:21).

And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

He went away so that could reveal Himself to you now, in this life – and give you life everlasting because of your fellowship with Him now. No man can take away the joy of the fellowship of His presence.

We enter into the fellowship of His presence in the same way that His disciples did, we weep and lament while the world rejoices; but our secret is that from the place of sorrow there is a sweet fellowship which fills us with joy unspeakable.

Are you in fellowship with the Son of God? I don’t mean religion, or philosophy, but are you in communion with Christ?

And this is eternal life, that they might know thee he only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)