16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” 17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.” 19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Jesus made a startling statement in verse 16 when He declared, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me”. This caught His disciples completely unawares! Even if they were well versed in the Scriptures there was no way they could understand what Jesus meant unless He gave them the explanation which would clarify His statement once and for all!
What He said was both unexpected and exciting. He outlined clearly the “flow-on” benefits which would accrue. It was not just a matter of belief in Him, rather it was also the new relationship with the Father which they would enjoy in His name.
How significant is Jesus’ emphasis on joy. What He told them would happen soon would bring them “intense sorrow” [TPT version] but when they saw Him again their hearts would “burst with joy” [TPT]. It seems to me that the essence of our relationship with our Father is exuberant joy, something which can never be taken away from us.
Father, I am so grateful that You made such an amazing provision for our life in Christ Jesus. Thank you that our prayer-access to You is unlimited when we make our requests in Jesus’name.
Written by Keith Bennett