John 16:19-22 (NIVUK)
19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, ‘Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me”? 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
Jesus knew that his friends would experience grief when he was executed, but he also knew that this grief wouldn’t last, the resurrection would bring it to an end. Then they would know renewed joy, joy not just because he was alive, but also because he now could never be taken from them again.
Thank you for the joy, Jesus, that comes from knowing you will never be taken from us.