Jesus’ Coming Departure

The gospel of John is recording the closure of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The disciples had no idea that death would be the next thing on His agenda. We will see their responses and emotional state as we continue studying this gospel.

John 13:31-32

After Judas left, the events that would lead to Jesus’ crucifixion fell quickly into place. The words “glorified” and “glorify” occur five times in these two verses. Jesus’ unique “glory” was revealed in His death. The Father was also glorified in Jesus’ death. God’s love, condescension, and righteousness were made know. and The words “God…will glorify Him at once” looked ahead to the Resurrection and the Ascension.

John 13:33

This verse begins with “little children.” This is a term of love. This expresses Jesus’ concern for them. This is the only place where this phrase is used. John used it seven times in his first epistle. I John 2:1, 12, 28; 3:7, 18; 4:4; I John 5:21.  Paul also used this phrase in Jesus announced again that He would be leaving. They would not be able to find Him. Compare Matthew 23:29; John 7:34; 8:21; 12:8, 35. This was true in Jesus’ death and ascension.

John 13:34-35

The eleven disciples would survive after Jesus’ departure by obeying His example of love. This command is new because it is a special love for one another. It found its basis on the sacrificial love of Jesus. Jesus said, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” The fact that the believers’ love and support would help them survive in a hostile world. Each believer should embody Christ’s love. This love is a sign to the world as well as to every believer I John 3:14.

John 13:36-38

Peter spoke quickly concerning Jesus’ statement. Note verse 33. He wanted to know where Jesus was going. He wanted to be with Jesus. Jesus let Peter know that it was not possible for him to be with Him immediately. He said that he would lay down his life for Jesus. He did not know the satanic power at work against Jesus. See Jesus’ prediction of Peter’s defection (you will disown me three times) must have shocked the disciples.  They may have thought Peter was the betrayer.



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