Joh 16:16 “A little while and you will no longer see me; again a little while and you will see me.”
Joh 16:17 Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this he’s telling us: ‘A little while and you will not see me; again a little while and you will see me’ and, ‘because I am leaving for the Father’?”
Joh 16:18 They said, “What is this he is saying, ‘A little while’? We don’t know what he’s talking about.”
Joh 16:19 Jesus knew they wanted to ask him, and so he said to them, “Are you asking one another about what I said, ‘A little while and you will not see me; again a little while and you will see me’?
Joh 16:20 I am honestly telling you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice. You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.
Joh 16:21 When a woman is in labor, she has pain because her hour has come. But when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the suffering because of the joy that a person has been born into the world.
Joh 16:22 So you also have sorrow now. But I will see you again. Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy from you.
our sorrow will turn
Jesus wants to give his disciples hope for the future beyond his own death here. He also knows that after his resurrection he will return to the Father and there will be a long age before his Bride sees him again. He speaks of the reality of weeping, mourning, sorrow, and pain. Let no Christian think she is out of God’s will when she goes through times of adversity.
On the other hand, Jesus asks his disciples to focus on his return in the future. Our sorrow is real but it will turn to joy as soon as he returns to us.
Lord, give us the strength to hang on during the age of sorrow. Joy is on the way.