Writing about a Bible passage that everyone of us is very familiar with is not easy. There are so many profound and yet, simple lessons in this chapter that you wonder if you really need to write anymore about it.
We all know the context of these verses.
It was the Passover. Jesus showed His love in His washing of His disciples’ feet.
A Master washing the feet of His students.
A Saviour washing the feet of one who rejected Him.
A Messiah washing the feet of the one about to betray Him.
And Jesus ended up giving this instruction to His disciples…
33 Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
~ John 13:33-35
Jesus has set the standard of love for us.
We are to love each other as Jesus has loved us—he served us and he sacrificed for us.
This love was both extravagant and practical.
It was so extravagant that He was willing to suffer, die and shed His precious blood for me.
Yet it was so practical that BECAUSE of His love, we can reconciled with Him and be part of Him.
But there is something we must do once we receive this love.
Now we must also demonstrate these two qualities with our love! There is a need for us to respond accordingly.