John 16:16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. ESV
What is the general theme of the passage?
In a little while I’m going away but then again in a little while you’ll see me. Things are going to be different then. The sorrow you feel now will be forgotten because I am going to the Father. I know you’ve got questions you want to ask. The world will enjoy your weeping and lamenting but truly, truly I tell you your sorrow will turn into joy. I will deliver you with the pains of labor that give birth to a new human being. Again in a little while, your heart will no longer remember the anguish of your faith becoming your life. Your heart will rejoice and be full and no one will be able to take that joy from you because you will know the Father has birthed it in you.
What does it say about God (or Jesus or the Holy Spirit?)
Jesus is going to the Father. The Father is going to give you answers to whatever you ask in Jesus’s name.
What does it say about people?
We need to learn to trust “whatever” we ask in Jesus name is what prompts the Father’s desire to give us His answer, not that whatever we ask is THE answer.
Is there truth here for me?
Jesus knew the Father’s answer for my deliverance would have to be birthed inside me so my heart could have its questions answered and would be filled enough to recognize Jesus. “A little while” is the lengthy labor of finding the faith in my daily life is really finding Jesus, again, in a little while every day.