The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy
John 16:17-33 NIV
17Some 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’?” 18They kept asking, “What does He mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what He is saying.”
19Jesus 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 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
21A 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.
22So 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.
23In that day you will no longer ask Me anything. I tell you the truth, My Father will give you whatever you ask in My name. 24Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
25“Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.
26In that day you will ask in My name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God.
28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
29Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.
30Now we can see that You know all things and that You do not even need to have anyone ask You questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”
31 “You believe at last!” Jesus answered.
32 “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave Me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for My Father is with Me.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
When you feel you are left alone all by yourself, please read this verse aloud and restore your joy;
“ You will leave Me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for My Father is with Me.”
When everybody leaves us all alone, yet we are not alone, because our Lord Jesus is with us always to the end of the world.