Acting on Mental Love

Saturday, August 28, 2021

28-29 No one around the supper table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that since Judas was their treasurer, Jesus was telling him to buy what they needed for the Feast or that he should give something to the poor.

30 Judas, with the piece of bread, left. It was night.

A New Command

31-32 When he had left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is seen for who he is, and God saw for who he is in him. The moment God is seen in him, God’s glory will be on display. In glorifying him, he is glorified—glory all around!

33 “Children, I am with you for only a short time longer. You are going to look high and low for me. But just as I told the Jews, I’m telling you: ‘Where I go, you are not able to come.’

34-35 “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

36 Simon Peter asked, “Master, just where are you going?”

Jesus answered, “You can’t now follow me where I’m going. You will follow later.”

37 “Master,” said Peter, “why can’t I follow now? I’ll lay down my life for you!”

38 “Really? You’ll lay down your life for me? The truth is that before the rooster crows, you’ll deny me three times.”

-John 13:28-38 The Message.

Verse 28: Now, no one of those reclining at the table knew for what purpose He had said this to him.

Verse 29: For some were supposing because Judas had the money box, that Jesus was saying to him, “Buy the things we have need of for the feast”; or else, that he should give something to the poor.

Verse 30: So, after receiving the morsel, he went out immediately; and it was night.

Verse 31: Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him;

Verse 32: if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself and will worship Him immediately.

Verse 33: Little children, I am with you a bit longer. You will seek Me, and as I said to the Jews, now I also say, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’

Verse 34: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Verse 35: By this, all men will know that you are My disciples if you have a love for one another.

Verse 34 study: What is a way to bring non-believers to Christ? Love is an answer. The commandment about loving is not new (Leviticus 19:18). The revolutionary loves as Christ love others. When you love, you will bring non-believers to Christ, and it also keeps believers strong and together against a hostile world.

Verse 34-35 studies: If you belong to a church, ask yourself a question. How often do you see bickering, jealousy, or division in your church? How would people see the light in you?

Verse 35 study: The Bible keeps talking about love the way Jesus does. That includes giving when it hurts, giving energy to others, helping when it is not convenient, our own welfare, and having to absorb the hurt from others without complaining or fighting back. Let’s be honest; this is a complicated kind of love to perform. But when you practice that kind of love, it shows you have empowered a supernatural source that is special.

Verse 36: Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.”

Verse 37: Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You.”

Verse 38: Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times.”

Verses 37-38 studies: Remember the saying “don’t make promises you can’t keep”? That’s the theme of these two scriptures. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Jesus already knew that Peter wouldn’t die for Jesus because he would deny Jesus (18:25-27). We may have good intentions and a good attitude, but Paul reminds us not to think of ourselves (Romans 12:3). Instead, use your faith, commitment one step at a time to grow in the knowledge of God’s Word in your faith.

Verse 27-38 studies: In summary of these verses, Jesus knows about the hurt that Peter and Judas had ahead of time. The one thing Jesus does is love unconditionally. Jesus didn’t change the situation. He let it be. Judas or Peter didn’t understand, but their lives ended tragically for different reasons. Judas is because he never understood Jesus’ mission. Peter is because he understood but didn’t let go of his faith in the One who loved him.

Father, I pray for love, understanding, and patience. Today, people all over the world are struggling for peace. From civil war in Afghanistan to weather-related disasters to hate. Let us keep them in our hearts and prayer. Thank you for your unconditional love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!