“Truly, Truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy” (John 16:20).
“Truly, Truly” is literally “Amen, amen.” We most often hear the word “amen” utilized to offer affirmation to a statement made by someone else. A more appropriate understanding is to interpret “amen” as “let it be so in my life.” What, then, are we to “amen” in today’s scripture. While both the religious and secular world of his day would celebrate his removal from the picture, the resurrection of Jesus would turn the despair of his true followers into joy. When trials of uncertainty come, we must continue in our “amen’s” as an expression of our desire to abide in the hope of resurrection joy.