"No one will take your joy from you." Do you see those words at the end of verse 22? They are not the words of Oprah Winfrey. They are the words of Jesus Christ. Through His resurrection from the dead He was going to bestow unquenchable joy - irrevocable joy - the kind of joy that couldn't be eclipsed by anyone else or anything else - nor removed by any sorrow or trial.
This is an incredibly huge promise. Imagine if you could truly make your friends and neighbors consider the possibility of joy that was constant and unremovable - that they could have a joy that was 100% guaranteed and unfailing - that they could live the rest of their lives, regardless of whatever else happened - and never be without ultimate joy for one second. Most would think this offer was a pipe-dream. Perhaps some of you sitting here today think so too.
So when we hear these words from Jesus they almost seem too good to be true - like a warranty that looks good on the box, but you know will never turn out as good as it reads. "No one will take your joy from you!" How can such a massive claim be true? Is there good reason to cling to it? How can this possibly work in the real world? This is the subject of our teaching this Easter Sunday morning.