Devotion 3-13-14, John 13:31 – 35

Good Morning!

John 13:31-35

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him,* God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” 34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’

Now, Judas has left, and Jesus speaks to the disciples who remain. In giving himself to Judas’ betrayal, moving into this, his “hour”, or his “time”, Jesus is glorified, and God is glorified in him. The New Interpreter’s Study Bible says that to glorify is to make visible the presence of God. It is to reveal Jesus, the man, as someone more than man, to show him as the light of the world, the Son of God. There is something else happening in the ignominious death of this man; there is salvation, hope, light for the world, because he is more than a man. In this, his final hours, the author of this gospel is concerned to show the glory of the Son, and his connection and relationship with the Father.

He addresses his disciples as little children, a term of endearment, and tells them he will be with them only a little longer. He is going to a place where they cannot come, yet – in the following chapter he will tell them that he will be preparing a place for them there.

But he leaves them with a commandment: Just as he has loved the Father, and the Father has loved him; as he has loved them, so the disciples ought to love one another. Everyone will know they are Jesus’ disciples by their love for one another.

I am reminded of the hymn, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.” Jesus’ command to “Love one another” is a timeless one. It is for us as much as for the disciples. Whatever we do, it should reflect love – Jesus loved us enough to die for us; we should at the very least love one another. People should know us, by our love.

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