A Farewell Command From Jesus

Eyewitness: p. 224
Eyewitness Stories: John 13: 33, 35
NIV: John 13:33-35
In Your Bible: John 13: 33-35

After eating the Passover Supper, Jesus told his disciples he was going away. This was a tender time and a confusing time for the disciples. It included a farewell command from Jesus.

How Jesus Loved

Jesus was about to enter a journey alone, and it grieved his heart. He wanted to impart his love to the disciples in way they could show the world.

Jesus loved his disciples:

  • Selflessly – His desire was to give of himself and all he had to those he loved
  • Sacrificially – There was no limit to what his love would give
  • Understandingly – He knew their weaknesses and he still loved them
  • Forgivingly – They had no failures that he would not forgive

Show Your Love

Jesus stated clearly the priority of this command. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (NIV John 13: 34,35).

This new command

  • It is from the Master – and a fundamental command of the Kingdom of God
  • It tells his disciples to love as Christ loved
  • It is the reputation of a follower of Jesus – noted love for one another

These verses in John Chapter 13 are heady ones. Many of the verses require meditation and contemplation to reveal their impact. Yes, the farewell command from Jesus shows his love.

Prayer: Father, thank you for loving me so much. Help me love others as you love me.

Questions: How does this command make a difference in how we think, speak, and respond in daily life? When we respond to situations by following Jesus’ final command to love one another, the results may astound us. Compare those results to times you felt the command was too difficult.