- John 13:35-38
- John 13:35 (KJB)
- By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have
love one to another.
- True sacrificial love is the revelation to the world that Christians are
the real deal. Many in religion just go through ritual but true Christianity
exhibits itself by means of a sacrificial mindset coupled with corresponding
deeds. When Christians are involved in real sacrifice for others, Jesus is
then glorified because His children are walking in the same way which He
did. It shows the difference between religion and Christianity. Religion
does things to gain God’s approval whereby the Christian already has God’s
approval by being in Christ. (1 John
3:16 KJV) Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down
his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
This does not necessarily mean that we will be physically
killed for another, it could happen, but this verse is more fully understood
as we give ourselves in service to others, in both bringing the gospel and
works which correspond with the true gospel. As we serve others, we have
less time for ourselves. Remember the principle of the foot washing.
Proclamation of the Gospel along with service in the Gospel is the normal
- John 13:36 (KJB)
- Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him,
Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me
- Peter should probably have known better than to ask where the Lord was
going. Jesus had told them many times about His impending crucifixion.
First, Jesus answers Peter by telling him that he cannot follow Him now. The
key word is “now” because Jesus will be going to the cross very shortly. The
word “now” in the Greek means immediate presence or particular point in
time. At this particular time, Peter will not be able to follow Jesus.
However, Jesus gives a ray of hope to Peter and tells him that He will
follow Him afterwards. The word “afterwards” may also be translated as “at
last or finally.” Since it is Peter in view here, I wonder if Jesus is
giving him another hint that he too will be crucified as the final act of
his life on earth. That phrase also means that Peter cannot follow Jesus at
this moment but after He has been resurrected, then Peter’s ministry will
- John 13:37 (KJB)
- Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down
my life for thy sake.
- Here Peter is showing that he is tough enough to go with Jesus. Peter
loved the Lord and was no doubt sincere in his statement, but here he is
speaking out of emotion which normally always clouds the issues at hand.
However, Peter did fulfill a little of his statement by removing the ear of
Malchus. (John 18:10 KJV) Then Simon
Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut
off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
I do not believe that anyone could reject the reality that Peter was a very
tough man being a fisherman for many years. In that profession, you build
muscles and street character. Peter did not understand that Jesus had to go
to the cross alone to fulfill prophecy but he would understand afterwards.
- John 13:38 (KJB)
- Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me
- Peter seemed to forget that Jesus being God would know the beginning
from the end and although Peter thought he was bring brave and one step
above the other disciples, receives a very eye opening prophecy. Jesus told
Peter that he would not die for Him, instead he would deny Jesus three times
before the rooster crowed at dawn. Here Peter states he would die for Jesus
but instead he is going to run in the opposite direction. I am sure Peter
probably rejected that statement because Peter’s pride would not have
accepted that. This was a very good plan on God’s part to have Peter go in
the opposite direction. If there was any inkling that Peter had gone through
this with Christ, can you imagine what the Roman Catholic Church would have
done with that? It is bad enough they made him the first Pope, which of
course, lacks any historical evidence. They would have made him co-redeemer
along with Mary thus increasing their heresy more.