John 16:16-22 (NIV) 16 “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” 17 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 I tell you the truth, 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.
On verses 16-22: What did Jesus mean when he would tell his disciples, “in a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me” (v16)? Jesus was pointing to his death and resurrection. The darkest night – when Jesus Christ would die – was coming, but it would be superseded by a brighter day: when Jesus rose again.
That is the glory of knowing Jesus. You may be going through tremendous grief, heartbreak, disappointment, hardship and loss right now. But when you have Jesus in your life, that is not the end of your story. For when you have Jesus, weeping may remain for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). Death is swallowed up by life. Hurt is followed by healing. Great pain is followed by greater joy. After the fall there is restoration and redemption. Because Jesus Christ died and rose again, you have hope for tomorrow.
Lord Jesus, thank You that because You died and rose again, I have hope for tomorrow. Thank You that pain and grief are not the end of my story, but a stepping stone to greater joy and glory. Thank You that You will turn my sorrow into joy one day. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!