Salutations. I’m reading through most of the New Testament, chapter by chapter, and logging some of my thoughts here in my journal. I continue this study, looking at the message of Salvation and John the Baptist’s Testamony. I highly encourage you to read God’s Word for yourself and share your thoughts!
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
That passage opens up this moving chapter of John and the next, visually striking scene. Jesus washed the disciples feet. He uses this image to make sure that they understand that we are to serve one another. This message should mean so much to us. Jesus did this as one of his last acts so they would never forget it.
Jesus goes on to predict his own betrayal by Judas and denial by Peter. However, before he talks about Peter, he gives them final direction. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Loving and serving each other must come first for every Christian, next to loving and serving God. If you see one who professes to love God, but over a period of time does not love his brothers in Christ, you have reason for concern.