“So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately.” John 13:31-32NKJV
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.
If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen
Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Today’s reading we will re-read the same passage in the Gospel of John, chapter 13 at verse 31 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV).
The New Commandment
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.”
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?”
Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.”
37 Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.”
38 Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.
John 13:31-38 NKJV
MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Luke 4:8 KJV
Our reading has taken a turn for the more serious. The short teachings and every word Jesus says from this point on are the most precious words as He give the most important final commands to us. Our reading begins at the end of the Last Supper.
Now, you and I know that in three days from this reading Jesus comes back and says: BUT WAIT, there’s more!
Meanwhile, these are the things that will be processed in the disciples mind along with His death. These are the things that assure the foundations Jesus was building on which He built His church. For these men, they did not know Jesus was returning. However, John was writing to an audience that all knew of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, like you and me.
Now humans are very limited. When people try to think of something profound for their last words, when dying people wax philosophical, it is not out of last minute searching for the answer as much as leaving a last minute legacy. We should live our lives in such a way, that it leaves a legacy. But those last words will be process through our emotions that we must also process upon someone’s death.
So if you live your life angry and resentful and on your death bed declare that life was about love and mercy. Instead of being viewed as insightful and correcting the legacy of hate – people will resent you for knowing it and not acting on it and showing them love and mercy.
You see we are so limited we do not think about how our words are processed.
Jesus did! He not only thought about the others, he specifically left a few very important ideas for this moment so when they are processed with the emotions and rapid speed of the traumas of this night they are entering – these points would resonate, comfort, and hold them together until He returned to love on them more. Our words as well as the timing, matter.
Jesus did not preach on our words as much as the disciples, and when Jesus preached it, it was referencing the old scriptures. The disciples and Paul wrote about controlling the mouth and words because they learned it first hand – from situations like this, and following Christ’s example, as well as from their own mistakes.
So what is the message that is so important that Jesus waited until now so it will have the greatest impact: humility and love!
“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.”
Man’s understanding of Glory is not at all what God sees as glory. Fame and fortune are usually man’s idea – how did man’s idea become so corrupted? Back in the garden when satan tempted man, he said you will become like God, and instead man became like satan – giving into pride filled us with pride. Glory equals humility.
“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.”
This is where Jesus just flat out says the reason he is sharing this command is because He is leaving.
Where is he going? Well, first He is going someplace none of us can go – to defeat sin and death. The reason we cannot go there and do it is because He has already done it. It is finished.
After that, he stops by earth again on His way up to heaven – heaven being the place we can follow Him to.
“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.”
It is not really a new commandment. The law was designed to teach us how to use love, instead we used it to put ourselves in bondage and be punitive instead of loving. God is love and want us to be love – and we keep buying into the corruption of this earth. So this time Jesus says – I am going to make this very clear and do it at a point when you will listen: LOVE.
Love is the fulfillment of the law – because if you love you have obeyed everything. Love is how we are Christ-Like.
Lord Jesus, help us love like you love! –amen
“36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?”
Peter seems to miss the part about Love. Instead of asking himself if he is capable of loving even unto the death – He instead asks where is Jesus going.
“Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.”
Meaning eventually Peter will learn to love unto death.
“37 Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.”
38 Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.”
Oof! That is a hard revelation. Peter was speaking from pride and Jesus humbled him. And when Peter heard the crow in the morning, Peter was even more humbled! God will not let us walk around with pride.
Jesus did not say, well, Peter is about to go into a really hard period of time, so I’ll let it slide. Nope. He took care of the Pride issue right then and there – which probably made it easier for Peter to get through the really difficult challenges ahead.
Please join us tomorrow as we continue to discuss the Book of John.
I also wanted to remind and inform all of you, that instead of writing a book on fasting (since it is the topic I get asked the most about) I have created a Facebook group that is designed to be interactive and give you all the Bible verses on fasting, all the types of fast, and how to fast. In the group are specialist to help us along the way, like the creator of The Fasting Protocol (fasting for health and weight loss; which is part of fasting and important to know about – He can also speak to fasting in a healthy manner). The group is new and other experts are invited, I am hopeful they will join. So let’s join the group and see what we will learn about prayer and fasting. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/509149707741862
Thank you for reading in 2023 – a Year of Grace and Provision
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace. Walk in wisdom.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!