Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire 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? 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.
Being God, the Lord Jesus was able to read their thoughts. By His questions, He revealed His full knowledge of their perplexity. Jesus did not answer their problem directly but gave further information concerning the statement, “little while”. The world would rejoice because they had succeeded in crucifying the Lord Jesus, but the disciples would weep and lament. But it would only be for a short while. Their sorrow would be turned into joy, and it was – first by the resurrection and secondly by the coming of the Spirit. Then, for all disciples of all ages, grief will be turned to rejoicing when Jesus comes back again.