Love as He Loved You – John 13:31-38
Jesus gave a new command in His final words to His disciples before He would go to the cross. The command was to love one another just as Jesus had loved His disciples. In this sermon pastor David explains that this command is the essence of the Christian life. The newness of the command is two fold: there is a new object and a new measure. The new object is “one another” rather than neighbor and new measure is” just as I have loved you”. We are to love one another in the church in the same self-sacrificial way Jesus loved us.
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” 36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.