Jesus Shares Love And Truth
John describes these few moments in clear detail. We can see that Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen. He knew about Judas and about Peter, but he did not change the situation, nor did he stop loving them.
The instant Judas was gone, the atmosphere was cleared, and Jesus began to instruct His disciples and prepare them for His crucifixion and His ultimate return to heaven. It was after Judas’ departure that He instituted the Lord’s Supper, something that Judas as an unbeliever certainly could not share.
Judas was out in the night, controlled by the prince of darkness, Satan; but Jesus was in the light, sharing love and truth with His beloved disciples. What a contrast!
In the same way, Jesus knows exactly what you will do to hurt him. Yet he still loves you unconditionally and will forgive you whenever you ask him. Judas couldn’t understand this, and his life ended tragically. Peter understood, and despite his shortcomings, his life ended triumphantly because he never let go of his faith in the one who loved him.
The theme now changes to the glory of God. From the human perspective, the death of Christ was a dastardly deed involving unspeakable suffering and humiliation; but from the divine perspective it was the revelation of the glory of God. “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory.” (John 12:23).
Twelve times in this Gospel, the title “Son of man” appears, and this one in John 13:31 is the final instance. Daniel 7:13 identifies this title as messianic, and Jesus sometimes used it this way (Matt. 26:64).
The New Commandment
As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once.
John 13:31-32 (NLT)
What did it mean for Jesus to glorify the Father?
He tells us in His prayer: “I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17:4). This is the way all of us glorify God, by faithfully doing what He calls us to do. In our Lord’s case, the Father’s will was that the Son die for lost sinners, be raised from the dead, and then ascend to heaven. The Son glorified the Father and the Father glorified the Son (John 17:1, 5).
There would come a time when the Son would be glorified in these disciples (John 17:10), but they could not follow Him at that time. Peter boasted that he would follow the Lord even to death (Luke 22:33), but unfortunately ended up denying Him three times.
Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going.
John 13:33 (NLT)
Jesus had said to the Jews on two occasions that they would seek Him but not be able to find Him or follow Him (John 7:33-36; 8:21-24). Note that He did not tell His disciples that they would not be able to find Him, but He did say that to the unbelieving Jews. One day the believing disciples would go to be with Him (John 14:1-3), and they would also see Him after His resurrection. But during this time of His suffering and death, it was important that they not try to follow Him.
I have heard eloquent sermons about the sin of Peter who “followed at a distance.” (Luke 22:54), and the emphasis was that he should have followed nearer. The simple fact is that he should not have followed at all! The statement in John 13:33 is proof enough, and when you add Matthew 26:31 (quoted from Zech. 13:7) and our Lord’s words in John 18:8, the evidence is conclusive. Because Peter disregarded this warning, he got into trouble.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
John 13:34 (NLT)
To love others was not a new commandment (see Lev 19:18), but to love others as Christ loved others was revolutionary.
Now we are to love others based on Jesus’ sacrificial love for us. Such love will not only bring unbelievers to Christ, it will also keep believers strong and united in a world hostile to God.
Jesus was a living example of God’s love, as we are to be living examples of Jesus’ love.
Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
John 13:35 (NLT)
Jesus says that our Christlike love will show we are his disciples.
Do people see petty bickering, jealousy, and division in your church?
Or do they know you are Jesus’ followers by your love for one another?
Love is more than simply warm feelings; it is an attitude that reveals itself in action.
How can we love others as Jesus loves us?
- By helping when it’s not convenient,
- By giving when it hurts,
- By devoting energy to others welfare rather than our own,
- By absorbing hurts from others without complaining or fighting back.
This kind of loving is hard to do. That is why people notice when you do it and know you are powered by a supernatural source. The Bible has another beautiful description of love in 1 Corinthians 13.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
I obey the new commandment that Jesus gave: to love one another.
Continually, without faltering or failing, I love my brothers and sisters in Christ the way that Jesus loves me. By this, I display to the entire world that I am a true disciple of the Lord.
I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’ name, Amen!
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