“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. John 17:13
At this point in Jesus’ prayer, I suspect the Disciples were wondering exactly where this joy was they’re supposed to have. They’re supposed to be experiencing it but their entire world has changed over the last few months. They’ve been privy to a lot of things no one in the known world has seen. In fact they’ve walked everywhere with Jesus, talking to him, trying to “pick his brain” and just hanging out. None of us on this side of heaven can ever say that. Yes, our walk with Christ should be so tight that we should be experiencing this closeness but none of us can say we’ve had a physical, side by side walk with the Master.
The joy in the Disciples is there and it’s probably buried deep. They’ve been walking in the presence of greatness for years now and it’s all very commonplace to them. When He leaves them they’ll experience the sadness but they have a reservoir of firsthand experience to draw upon. While we’re not able to see the joy in the Disciples, we do see contentment and hope.
Similarly, we too have a reservoir of joy within us. Those of us who know Christ have a hope that the world cannot explain and a peace that passes understanding. When life wears us down we simply go back to the reservoir, which in most of our cases should be daily.