They kept asking, "What does he mean by 'a little while'? We don't understand what he is saying."
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'?20I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn1 while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.221A woman giving birth to a child has pain3 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,4 but I will see you again5 and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.623In that day7 you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.824Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive,9 and your joy will be complete.1025"Though I have been speaking figuratively,11 a time is coming12 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.13 I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.27No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me14 and have believed that I came from God.1528I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."16