For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
2 Corinthians 10:12
Truth is, you always have some advantage. But, you will never discover what it is if you live your whole life comparing yourself to and competing with others.
I love how the next verse (verse 18) says to “encourage one another with these words.” We have the hope of rising again to meet Jesus in the air because He came, He died, and He rose again! Think of it as your equivalent of the Latin phrase veni vidi vici (I came, I saw, I conquered); except, in this case, this was and still is a victory for the entire world – for you, for me! So, comfort and encourage one another, as it says in verse 18. We won!
Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
Every word Jesus spoke was true. The disciples did not understand it but it must have been a bittersweet realization when they eventually saw these words fulfilled right before their eyes. The waiting and the uncertainty after Jesus’ death must have felt unbearable, brutal even! But in the end, like He said, the joy they had was second to none. And so is our joy today, because we have Him and we know Him.
This passage reminds me of the first time I heard this song. In truth, Christ is our Hope. It’s not the end until He says it is. Remember that.