You heard me say to you, 'I am going away, and I will come to you.' If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.
How could his disciples really understand what he was trying to say to them. If I were there I would have been confused. You can hear it in their questions and sense it in their immediate actions when Christ was arrested in the garden. I think that his predictions of going to the Father had to go over their heads - who could have imagined that he was speaking of his own death. THIS WAS NOT HOW IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE!
Such is the confusion that many have when life turns traumatic and dreams of earthly messianic salvation seems so far away. Such is the frustration many experience when trials come and prayers are not answered the way we hoped that they would be. Such is the atmosphere that Jesus speaks of when he references the ruler of this world. Hope in this age is often so hard to grasp but hope is what we have because Jesus is with the Father.
My hope is in you Lord.. in your love.. in your sovereignty. I trust in you my beloved Jesus.