Then said some of His disciples among themselves, What is this that He saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see Me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see Me: and, Because I go to the Father?
They said therefore, What is this that He saith, A little while? we cannot tell what He saith.
I’m imagining that, just like some classroom students, these disciples whispered among themselves, thinking the Teacher wouldn’t notice. They said, “What’s He talking about? A little while, another little while? We’ll see Him, we won’t, then we will? I don’t get it!”
Of course they didn’t get it. They didn’t know He was speaking of the here and now right along with the future, as if they were one and the same. We DO know that, and we still have trouble separating the one from the other because we are so dependent upon time. Minutes, hours, days. A little while means in a minute, which in our own vernacular can mean literally a minute up to when I’m ready! Tell a child to wait a little while, and he’ll be back in less than an eye blink because that WAS a little while.
The disciples were ordinary men who became extraordinary, just beginning to grow in their faith and understand that Jesus was not limited in any way, especially by time. We have a much greater understanding than they did, but we still have trouble with the concept of not being bound by time.