12:35 Jesus replied, 1 “The light is with you for a little while longer. 2 Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. 3 The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 12:36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light.” 4 When Jesus had said these things, he went away and hid himself from them.
14:19 In a little while 5 the world will not see me any longer, but you will see me; because I live, you will live too.
16:16 In a little while you 6 will see me no longer; again after a little while, you 7 will see me.” 8
16:17 Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is the meaning of what he is saying, 9 ‘In a little while you 10 will not see me; again after a little while, you 11 will see me,’ and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 12 16:18 So they kept on repeating, 13 “What is the meaning of what he says, 14 ‘In a little while’? 15 We do not understand 16 what he is talking about.” 17
16:19 Jesus could see 18 that they wanted to ask him about these things, 19 so 20 he said to them, “Are you asking 21 each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you 22 will not see me; again after a little while, you 23 will see me’? 16:20 I tell you the solemn truth, 24 you will weep 25 and wail, 26 but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, 27 but your sadness will turn into 28 joy. 16:21 When a woman gives birth, she has distress 29 because her time 30 has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being 31 has been born into the world. 32 16:22 So also you have sorrow 33 now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. 34
[12:35] 3 sn The warning Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you operates on at least two different levels: (1) To the Jewish people in Jerusalem to whom Jesus spoke, the warning was a reminder that there was only a little time left for them to accept him as their Messiah. (2) To those later individuals to whom the Fourth Gospel was written, and to every person since, the words of Jesus are also a warning: There is a finite, limited time in which each individual has opportunity to respond to the Light of the world (i.e., Jesus); after that comes darkness. One’s response to the Light decisively determines one’s judgment for eternity.
[12:36] sn The expression sons of light refers to men and women to whom the truth of God has been revealed and who are therefore living according to that truth, thus, “people of God.”
[16:16] 8 sn The phrase after a little while, you will see me is sometimes taken to refer to the coming of the Holy Spirit after Jesus departs, but (as at 14:19) it is much more probable that it refers to the postresurrection appearances of Jesus to the disciples. There is no indication in the context that the disciples will see Jesus only with “spiritual” sight, as would be the case if the coming of the Spirit is in view.
[16:18] 15 tn Grk “A little while.” Although the phrase τὸ μικρόν (to mikron) in John 16:18 could be translated simply “a little while,” it was translated “in a little while” to maintain the connection to John 16:16, where it has the latter meaning in context.
[16:19] sn Jesus could see. Supernatural knowledge of what the disciples were thinking is not necessarily in view here. Given the disciples’ confused statements in the preceding verses, it was probably obvious to Jesus that they wanted to ask what he meant.
[16:21] 32 sn Jesus now compares the situation of the disciples to a woman in childbirth. Just as the woman in the delivery of her child experiences real pain and anguish (has distress), so the disciples will also undergo real anguish at the crucifixion of Jesus. But once the child has been born, the mother’s anguish is turned into joy, and she forgets the past suffering. The same will be true of the disciples, who after Jesus’ resurrection and reappearance to them will forget the anguish they suffered at his death on account of their joy.
[16:22] 34 sn An allusion to Isa 66:14 LXX, which reads: “Then you will see, and your heart will be glad, and your bones will flourish like the new grass; and the hand of the