- John 16:16-20
- John 16:16 (KJB)
- A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and
ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
- Jesus is pointing to the fact that He will be going to the cross. He
will then be buried and during that time they will not see Him until after
His resurrection. Then they will be with Him for forty days until His
ascension. During the time that Jesus will be buried, He will go to the
Father for that short time period and then return to His earthly body to
finish out His earthly ministry. Contrary to bad exegesis, Jesus did not go
to hell and preach to the fallen angels. His body went into the ground and
His spirit went back to Heaven. See my study on “Did the Lord Jesus Christ
go to hell” at
- John 16:17 (KJB)
- Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this
that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a
little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
- Once again the disciples were in a state of consternation because they
had no idea what Jesus was talking about. This is why He told them a little
while ago that He had many things to say to them but they could not bear
them now. At this point they were still in a state of bewilderment which
would come to a climax very shortly.
- John 16:18 (KJB)
- They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we
cannot tell what he saith.
- As they spoke amongst themselves, they did not know what Jesus was
speaking about and it continued to cause them emotional troubles. It is
something that they seemed to be in total ignorance concerning the coming
events since that is what Jesus was focusing on for quite a while as He was
speaking to them so they would know what was going to happen before it did.
It could be at this point that their emotions overtook their intellect which
can happen very easily.
- John 16:19 (KJB)
- Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them,
Do ye inquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall
not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
- It seemed that they were fearful to ask Jesus what He meant concerning
His previous statement. When we see the disciples in this state, we can
rejoice because of the Holy Spirit being sent to indwell the believer.
Without Him, we would never be able to understand spiritual things or even
remember biblical things. This verse is very important for us in
understanding why we need the Holy Spirit in our daily lives and ministries.
Without Him we would accomplish nothing.
- John 16:20 (KJB)
- Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the
world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be
turned into joy.
- Jesus is telling the disciples that very soon they are going to weep and
lament over His death in the coming few days when they will be without the
Lord Jesus Christ. Simultaneously, those who put Jesus to death will rejoice
because they will think that that they are finally rid of Him. The world
rejoices whenever a true born again Christian dies because that is one less
accuser of their satanic lifestyle and one less who will preach about the
coming judgment. The Lord then says that they will be sorrowful at His death
because He was not only the Lord but He was also their friend that they came
to know intimately over a three year period. However, He does not leave them
in a state of sorrow but assures them that their sorrow will be turned into
joy. Joy is a perpetual state of the Christian and is also a fruit of the
Holy Spirit. Happiness is something which can change in a moment based upon
circumstance. Joy under girds the Christian through all circumstances. The
disciples will be joyous when they see that the Lord has risen from the dead
and shows Himself to them. He will spend the next 40 days with them and then
after His ascension, 10 days later they will receive the Holy Spirit who
will guide them and strengthen them in their earthly ministries but will
also be with them for eternity. Their joy will be made complete when they
leave this earth and go to Heaven for eternity.