“He Loves Us To The End”
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11 This of course is part of the love chapter. It defines for us that part of what must happen in the journey of faith is becoming mature in Christ.
John 13:1-20 A parable in action.
Verse 1 is the introduction for the next 4 chapters and the key in this is “He loved them to the end.” Let’s look at what this verse reveals.
Jesus knew that His hour had come – the reason, or mission was nearing its completion.
Upon completion of His mission His destination was known, not in question, “He should depart from this world to the Father.”
His nature was evident in the love that He possessed for His “own” the disciples whom he had taught up to this time.
When someone is about to go away for a long time the scene tends to be filled with last minute advice, reminders, sometimes even warnings. Jesus is the one who will provide these insights over the next four chapters.
Verses 2 – 5 are a parable unspoken. The actions of Jesus are the lesson.
“Come from God and was going to God” – Jesus had perfect clarity on His identity. A person who knows who they are can be very confident and assured about their actions.
“rose from supper and laid aside His garments” – This is a picture of Jesus incarnation. Paul later teaches us about the attitude displayed by Jesus: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interest of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal to God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:3-8
“He poured . . . and began to wash” _____________________________________________
A quick insert here concerning verse 2. It has always been helpful for me to view this issue through the insight of James 1:12-16 “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived my beloved brethren.” John has already told us of the heart and habit of Judas, stealing from the treasury.
The lesson of Peter – “You shall never wash my feet.” ______________________________
The lesson is humility. The followers of Jesus are called to be servants.
Jesus speaks of His betrayal (verse 18) and instructs that it happens so that Scripture will be fulfilled: Psalm 41:9, “Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.” And in verse 19 He tells them of this fulfillment as another sign to them of His deity.
Finally, in verse 20, Jesus returns the disciples minds to mission. ________________________
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