Jesus knew they wanted to question Him, 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'?
"I assure you: You will weep and wail, but the world will rejoice. You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.
When a woman is in labor she has pain because her time 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.
So you also have sorrow now. But I will see you again. Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will rob you of your joy.
References for John 16:22
In that day you will not ask Me anything. "I assure you: Anything you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.
References for John 16:23
Until now you have asked for nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be complete.
"I have spoken these things to you in figures of speech. A time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.
References for John 16:25
In that day you will ask in My name. I am not telling you that I will make requests to the Father on your behalf.
For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God.
References for John 16:27
I came from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father."
"Ah!" His disciples said. "Now You're speaking plainly and not using any figurative language.