John 16:16-22

Talks for Growing Christians

The Lord Tells His Disciples that He will Soon Leave Them, But they will See Him Again

John 16:16-22

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Lesson Number 74

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The world’s happiness is only temporary.
  2. The believer’s sorrow is only temporary.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t be upset if you feel confused.


  1. Look up John 7:33-34; 12:35-36; 13:33; 14:19; and 16:16. What is the common phrase here, and what does it refer to?
  2. Today the world rejoices because they believe that the Bible and God’s moral standards have been eliminated. Is this true, that God’s moral standards have been eliminated?
  3. Contrast the sorrow of believers now with Revelation 21:4.
  4. Why were the disciples confused?


  1. “A little while.” It refers to the time when the Lord would go to the cross, die, be resurrected, and return to His Father.
  2. No. The world is rejoicing in its freedom from moral standards and restrictions, but this happiness is only temporary. God’s moral standards have not been eliminated, and judgment is coming for those who ignore them.
  3. The believer’s sorrow is temporary, but joy will return for eternity.
  4. It was difficult for them to understand what the Lord was telling them.


  1. When you go through difficult times, turn to the word of God. Remember that sorrow is but for a little while, and that joy will be forever. How would you comfort someone who is going through deep sorrow right now?
  2. Do you despair because of world conditions? Then believe that God is in control, and that He has already won the victory. It is only a matter of time. In the meantime, trust Him.


  1. Are there times when you feel confused about the word of God? Is the Lord’s word, “Trust Me,” sufficient at such times?

Key Verses

  • “A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me…” John 16:16
  • “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament…you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.” John 16:20
  • “…your joy no one will take from you.” John 16:22

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