John 13:31-35: Christ Announces His Departure
31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. 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.”
Commentary: 13:31-32. After the departure of Judas, the events leading to Jesus’ death fell into place quickly. Jesus was then free from the tension which Satan in Judas had produced. Also the long tension building up toward His death would soon be over. The words glorified and glorify occur five times in these two verses. Jesus’ unique glory was revealed in His death. The Father was also glorified in Jesus’ death because God’s love, His condescension, and His righteousness were made known. The words God . . . will glorify Him at once looked ahead to the Resurrection and the Ascension.
13:33. My children translates teknia, (“little children”). This term of love expressed Jesus’ concern for them. It is used only here by Jesus in this Gospel. John used it seven times in his first epistle (1 John 2:1, 12, 28; 3:7, 18; 4:4; 5:21), and Paul used it once (Gal. 4:19). Jesus announced once again that He would be gone and they would not be able to find Him (cf. Matt. 23:29; John 7:34; 8:21; 12:8, 35). This was true in both His death and His Ascension.
13:34-35. The 11 disciples would survive in His absence by obeying His example of love. The command is new in that it is a special love for other believers based on the sacrificial love of Jesus: As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Christians’ love and support for one another enable them to survive in a hostile world. As Jesus was the embodiment of God’s love, so now each disciple should embody Christ’s love. This love is a sign to the world as well as to every believer (1 John 3:14).
A new commandment of love does exist, and it exists unto itself. A new commandment of love is simply what happens by the commandment of God.
May God bless you, Jesus teach you and the Holy Spirit guide you to understand the things you need to know so you may make the right choices in life.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about the “New Commandment.” I pray that I may learn to love as Jesus did and that I may hold on until He comes for me.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,