Joy is made complete

Today I made it to the end of my summer re-reading of the gospels! 😀 And it’s been so fab, aaand what great timing, to finish just in time for October! I’m planning to move straight onto Acts and go where that takes me.

I just wanted to share one quick thing, which I noticed a few days ago when I was reading John 16. Verse 24 reads:

“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

As I was reading this verse, I immediately remembered what John the Baptist says, much earlier on, in chapter 3, verse 29:

“The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegrooms voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.”

It struck me as a really beautiful parallel, and a great way with which to remember all that I’ve learned through my reading of the gospels this summer: the truth that the gospel proclaims is the truth by which my joy is made complete. Hallelujah!

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