As Jesus prepares His disciples for His exist from this physical world, He tries to reassure them. He encourages them that all will be well in the end. He also deals somewhat with the issue of pain. They will experience pain, but it is temporary. Pain and joy--I wonder how we could really even know joy if not for pain? What would be there to contrast joy with? Some of joy is the absence of pain, and yet at times we can even experience pain and joy simultaneously. Strange--
Jesus ends by saying "Ask (in my name) and you will receive, and your joy will be complete." I want to look for joy today.