Some of Jesus' disciples said to each other, "What does he mean: ‘Soon you won't see me, and soon after that you will see me' and ‘Because I'm going to the Father'?
What does he mean by ‘soon'? We don't understand what he's talking about."
Jesus knew they wanted to ask him, so he said, “Are you trying to find out from each other what I meant when I said, ‘Soon you won't see me, and soon after that you will see me'? 20I assure you that you will cry and lament, and the world will be happy. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21When a woman gives birth, she has pain because her time has come. But when the child is born, she no longer remembers her distress because of her joy that a child has been born into the world. 22In the same way, you have sorrow now; but I will see you again, and you will be overjoyed. No one takes away your joy. 23In that day, you won't ask me anything. I assure you that the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24Up to now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive so that your joy will be complete.
"I've been using figures of speech with you. The time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in such analogies. Instead, I will tell you plainly about the Father.26In that day you will ask in my name. I'm not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.27The Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and believed that I came from God.28I left the Father and came into the world. I tell you again: I am leaving the world and returning to the Father."
His disciples said, "See! Now you speak plainly; you aren't using figures of speech.
Now we know that you know everything and you don't need anyone to ask you. Because of this we believe you have come from God."
Jesus replied, "Now you believe?32Look! A time is coming—and is here!—when each of you will be scattered to your own homes and you will leave me alone. I'm not really alone, for the Father is with me.33I've said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world you have distress. But be encouraged! I have conquered the world."