Today we look at the farewell discourse Jesus gives to His disciples the night before His crucifixion. This comes in the midst of a season of great hope (it was Passover that looks for the coming Messiah and it was just after the Palm Sunday procession of Jesus into Jerusalem. Their hopes were high. Yet Jesus declares a message of despair that will lead to the greatest age of Hope. Jesus lets them know He not only understands their grief and sorrow, but lets them know he personally will experience their despair, which leads to the coming eternal age of great joy! In this season of Advent and anticipation, we too grieve, but we hope for the joy that is coming!