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But now that I’m about to leave you and go back to join the One who sent me, you need to be told. Yet, not one of you are asking me where I’m going. Instead your hearts are filled with sadness because I’ve told you these things. But here’s the truth: It’s to your advantage that I go away, for if I don’t go away the Divine Encourager[a] will not be released to you. But after I depart, I will send him to you.

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  1. John 16:7 Or “the Redeemer of the curse.” See the second footnote on John 14:16-17.

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