Daily Reading: John 16:17-22
The disciples were murmuring and questioning amongst themselves what Jesus was meaning when He said that ‘in a little while you will no longer see me, and then after a little while you will see me and because I go to see My Father.’ They never asked Jesus, but He knew that they were wondering and trying to comprehend these things that Jesus had said.
Then Jesus, decided to address this question directly, which up until this point Jesus had been using parables to communicate His instruction or answer specific questions.
Jesus let them know that they would grieve now but when they saw Him again, that joy and rejoicing would eclipse the sorrow they had before. He was foretelling the wonderful event of the disciples seeing Him after the resurrection.
The main thing that kind of hit me was the whole aspect that even though the disciples did not ask Jesus (probably out of embarrassment for not being able to comprehend what He was saying), Jesus made the effort to proactively answer their question for them and answered it directly. Jesus always knows the questions I am asking and as I seek Him and those answers in His word (He promises that when I seek Him, I will find Him) Jesus may take the opportunity to just answer.
So some of His disciples questioned among themselves, What does He mean when He tells us, In a little while you will no longer see Me, and again after a short while you will see Me, and, Because I go to My Father? What does He mean by a little while? We do not know or understand what He is talking about. Jesus knew that they wanted to ask Him, so He said to them, Are you wondering and inquiring among yourselves what I meant when I said, In a little while you will no longer see Me, and again after a short while you will see Me? I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that you shall weep and grieve, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she gives birth to a child, has grief (anguish, agony) because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she no longer remembers her pain (trouble, anguish) because she is so glad that a man (a child, a human being) has been born into the world. So for the present you are also in sorrow (in distress and depressed); but I will see you again and [then] your hearts will rejoice, and no one can take from you your joy (gladness, delight). John 16:17-22