People have long puzzled over just what Jesus meant by a “little while.” John quoted Jesus as saying, “A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later you will see me.” And, “Because I am going to the Father.”
When will he see them again? Was it on Easter? Perhaps, but on Easter he had not as yet gone to the Father. Was it at the hour of death for each of us? We would see him then, but it would be individually, and he seemed t be speaking to the disciples as a group.
Father Raymond Brown in his two volume commentary on John’s Gospel says scholars and saints have not been able to agree on just what Jesus meant by again seeing his disciples in a little while. He gives his own view, but everyone might not agree.
Father Brown thinks Jesus meant he would see them again when he came on Pentecost as the Holy Spirit. For Father Brown Christ and the Holy Spirit are one and the same God. When the Spirit comes, Christ comes.
Christians of a Pentecostal bent are so used to speaking of the Holy Spirit as a distinct individual that they do not care for Brown’s explanation.