How Jesus loved

John 13:34-35 WEB

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another. [35] By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


Jesus loved the disciples. He walked with the disciples and cared for them. How did Jesus love his disciples? He loved them by caring for their many needs. First, he fed them and gave them rest. Next, he taught his disciples the truth. Finally, Jesus prayed for the disciples and answered their questions. To begin, Jesus cared for the disciples’ physical needs. He both fed them and gave them rest. In Mark 6 and Matthew 15 Jesus feeds thousands of seekers. He literally broke up fish and bread and miraculously multiplied it to feed the large crowds. In addition to feeding the disciples he gave them rest (Mk 6:31). When they grew weary from ministry, Jesus pulls them aside and lets them rest.

Jesus loved the disciples. Not only did he feed them and give them rest, but Jesus also taught the disciples. He taught them to walk in faith turning away from sin. Jesus taught the disciples everything the Father was releasing (Mt 7:28-29). Additionally, Jesus rebuked sin and praised faith. In Matthew 16:23 Jesus blatantly rebukes Peter and calls him a stumbling block. This happened because Peter was trying to protect Jesus. However, Jesus did not appreciate the gesture but instead calls Peter Satan. In Luke 17:3 Jesus teaches the disciples to rebuke those in sin. Jesus also taught the disciples to behave and think faithfully. In Matthew 16:17 Jesus praises Peter for his insight into the things of God.

Jesus fed the disciples and taught them the difference between faith and sin. He also prayed for them and maintained an intimate relationship with the disciples. Jesus prayed for his disciples and those they brought to him. In John 11 Jesus prayed for Lazarus to come back from the dead. In this same passage, both Martha and Mary have intimate conversations with Jesus. Also, at the Last Supper Jesus let the disciples lean against his breast and ask him questions (John 13:25-26). Jesus loved his disciples and was intimate with them.


Lord, help me love like you love. Not as the world loves with flattery and half-truths, but real love that comes from you. Help me care about other people’s physical and spiritual needs so that I can discern how to love each one. Put truth in my mouth along with kindness and gentleness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Humble Jesus

John 13:22-27 WEB

The disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom he spoke. [23] One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was at the table, leaning against Jesus’ breast. [24] Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, and said to him, “Tell us who it is of whom he speaks.” [25] He, leaning back, as he was, on Jesus’ breast, asked him, “Lord, who is it?” [26] Jesus therefore answered, “It is he to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. [27] After the piece of bread, then Satan entered into him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”


Jesus had intimacy with his disciples. So much, that when he was about to be betrayed, the Apostle John leaning against his breast was able to ask him who was going to betray him. It’s refreshing to find this level of intimacy in the Bible. And it is astonishing. John was actually leaning on Jesus. That alone is incredible intimacy. A loving, respectful intimacy with God is a feature of the New Covenant. The disciples felt so close to Jesus, that they asked him who the betrayer was, and Jesus told them.

Jesus told them what was about to happen and then went on to show who the betrayer was. He dipped a piece of bread and handed it to Judas. Then he told Judas to do what he had in his heart to do. Jesus released Judas to betray him. Even with the apostle that is about to betray him, Jesus maintains a certain level of intimacy. He and Judas shared a secret. They both knew that Judas thought Jesus was a fool and someone in need of intervention. Jesus understood Judas’ greed and releases him to do his evil tasks. Judas did not shame or berate Judas, rather, like a sheep going to slaughter Jesus humbly tells him to go and do what he does quickly.  

Humility is a path to intimacy with Jesus. It was humility that led Jesus into great intimacy with the Father. Psalm 138:6 says the Lord stays far from the proud. In pride is the wisdom of the world. In pride, we rationalize our sin and delude ourselves. But with humility, we are pleased to do things God’s way. Humility does not lose hope when things are difficult. As things became more dangerous for Judas and the apostles, Judas used worldly wisdom to delude himself into selling information as to Jesus’ whereabouts. Had Judas trusted Jesus as the rest of the disciples did, he would have humbly followed Jesus, even to his own destruction.


Lord, save me from using worldly wisdom in my relationship with you. Let all my thinking be with humility and lowliness. Help me stand firm on the day of trial, not losing my hope. Forgive me for rationalizing sin and help me serve you gladly. In Jesus’ name, amen.