17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
19 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’? 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain 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. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”
31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Personal Reflection and Discussion
- Where have you seen or experienced sorrow being turned to joy? …defeat being turned to victory? …new life coming out of death?
- How does the world’s definition of joy contrast with the definition of joy revealed in this passage?
- What comfort does v. 33 give or bring you? Provide an example, if you can.
- How have you grown as a result of change/transitions/pain? How can you use what you have learned to help others who are in the midst of turmoil?
Jesus, you offer me peace, joy and love that is unlike and cannot compare to what the world offers. Please help me to fully see and embrace what you give to me and turn from the world’s offering. Thank you for overcoming the world so that I have peace. Amen.
Greek Word of the Day
English Word: be full | Transliterated Word: Pleroo (play-ro-o)
To make replete, to cram, level up, or to furnish, satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task) fulfill.
By implication, to fill out, complete, make perfect, accomplish an end. In the passive, to be made full, complete
English Word: be full | Transliterated Word: thlipsis (thlip-sis)
Afflict, anguish, burden, persecution, suffering, tribulation, trouble
Noun from thlibo, to crush, press, compress, squeeze, which is from thlao, to break. Only figuratively; pressure from evils, i.e. affliction, distresste
Family Engagement Activity
Share a birth story with your family. This could be the birth of your own child, a niece or nephew, a friend’s child or even the story of your own birth that has been shared with you.
Some things to recall:
Where you were living (city/state/apartment/house/etc.)
What you/your parents did to prepare for the day (decorated a room/bought furniture/baby shower/etc.)
What emotions did you have before, during and after?
Share how you felt the first time you saw the baby’s face.
Going Activities To Consider
Today, comfort someone who is going through a change or difficulty in life. Share a meal, send a note of encouragement, invite him/her to go for a walk with you. While you spend time with that person, pray for him/her.