Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, "Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, "A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me'?
Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.
When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world.
So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
On that day you will ask nothing of me. a Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. b24
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
"I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf;
for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. c28
I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father."
His disciples said, "Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech!
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