By This All People Will Know That You Are My Disciples

Today, we’ll examine a passage that details a conversation Jesus had with his disciples just hours before his death. Jesus has just finished breaking bread with them. Judas has been dispatched. It’s just Jesus & the 11. What John said about Jesus’ love in 13.1 is true for us. He loves us to the end. And, as His disciples we are to be marked or defined by that love. It’s a mark of a genuine disciple. It is the clearest evidence of a transformed life.

I. John 13.31-33 – Our Love for the Glory of Christ

  1. What is the most basic reality of what it means to be a Christian?
    1. 1 John 4.9-10 – you love God because He first loved you.
    2. 1 Corinthians 10.31; 2 Thessalonians 1.11; 1 Peter 4.11; Ephesians 3.20-21; Jude 24-25
  2. John 13.31-32 – Now Judas has left. What does Jesus say first?
    1. 13.31a. Now is the Son of man glorified. This statement is about the cross.
    2. 13.31b – God is glorified in Him.
    3. 13.32 – Jesus says, God will glorify Him at once. This has to be the future. After His death. What came after that? Ephesians 1.19b-21
  3. 13.33 – Why this statement?

II. John 13.34-35 – Our Love for Others

  1. 13.34a – a new commandment? Not really. See Leviticus 19.18; Deuteronomy 6.4-6.
  2. What’s new here?
    1. The disciples didn’t yet know the type of love of which he was speaking.
    2. Judaism of Jesus’ day didn’t know of the type of love of which he was speaking.
    3. 13.34b – It was new in that Jesus was raising things to another level.
    4. Romans 5.5 – Later, the Spirit would fill the hearts of believers with a new capacity for love.
  3. 13.35 – What must demonstrate our everyday discipleship? How?
    1. It requires humility, brokenness, and poorness of spirit. Philippians 2.1-4.
    2. 1 Corinthians 13.5 – love does not insist on its own way.
  4. How is it expressed?
    1. We have to love enough to serve. See Jesus’ example in John 13.1-10.
    2. We have to love to sanctify. Consider Matthew 18.6.
    3. We have to love enough to suffer. See 2 Corinthians 12.15.

III. John 13.36-38 – Our Love is Seen in Loyalty and Faithfulness

  1. 13.36-37 – Peter should have quit while he was ahead & just kept his mouth shut.
  2. 13.38 – Before the sun came up the next day, Peter would deny Jesus 3 times.
  3. True disciples exhibit an undying, enduring, and loving loyalty to Christ.

CONCLUSION:

  1. 1 John 3.17-24 – The grand, distinguishing mark of a disciple is love.
  2. Does this mark your everyday discipleship?

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