John 13

Vs. 1, “It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.”  The timing is impeccable, as Jesus would become the Passover lamb whose blood was shed for the salvation of God’s people.  Jesus goes on to display a part of this love by washing His disciple’s feet (vs. 1-17).  Question: What was the significance of this?  Only servants washed feet, what was Jesus doing?  The washing also served as a sign of their spiritual lives being washed by the Living Water in Jesus.   Jesus then quotes Psalm 41:9, as reference that prophecies concerning Judas Iscariot (vs. 18-30).  The disciples didn’t completely realize the significance of the revealing of the traitor, but Judas has now made his decision.  After Judas’s departure, Jesus begins to encourage the apostles for their road would also become very difficult (vs. 31-38)

Regarding application…Love One Another.  Vs. 34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  Question: What made this a new commandment?  God gave this commandment previously to Moses.  What gives?  The old commandment was based on the law, but this new commandment to love is based on grace.  This love would now be demonstrated on the cross.  This is why we are now given a new definition of loving one another.   Yesterday, I preached a message from John 4 with the topic of considering “our purpose.”  The woman at the well couldn’t help but share this message of hope to the people in her town.  She was once rejected, but now she understood her purpose.  But this purpose must have a very important ingredient in it.  Love must be mixed in with all that we do.  Question: Are you loving as Jesus loved you?