“Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’” (John 13:33).
To appreciate what will be the changing dynamics of their relationship with Jesus, we must hear these words from the perspective of those eleven disciples; not our understanding 2000 years later. For them, the events about to unfold are incomprehensible; disastrous not glorious. What has been a face to face relationship will now become one in Spirit. After the ascension, Jesus’ earlier words will have even greater significance: “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).