John 13: “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”

Reposted from Pastor Flamme

(38 verses, 2:44 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • A New Commandment


  • John’s introduction to the Passion and Jesus washes the disciples’ feet (1-20).
  • Jesus, troubled in his spirit, predicts Judas’ betrayal (21-30).
  • “Love one another” (31-35).
  • “Where I am going you cannot follow me, but you will follow afterward” (36-38).


  • As we, as the body of Christ, are soon to meditate on Christ’s passion during Holy Week, it’s good for us to keep John’s introduction to the Passion firmly in mind. Jesus loved his own to the end, even to the end of the cross, bearing the sin of the world as the Lamb of God, the sacrificial victim who alone can save from death and hell. This is his hour. This is the hour of the cross.
  • Jesus teaches a powerful lesson by washing his disciples’ feet. He gives his pastors and sheep an example to follow, that we should metaphorically wash each other’s feet as he has made us clean with his blood poured from his hands, feet, and side. Think about this when next you receive the absolution from your pastor. He is truly not greater than his master. He is Christ’s messenger who speaks Christ’s words of mercy as he has received that same mercy himself. So also should the rest of us forgive our neighbor when he sins against us. We can do no other.
  • Two things are foretold by Jesus during the Passover meal. First, that one of them would betray him. This is Judas. Second, that one of them will deny him. This is Peter. Though both sin greatly against their master and Lord, though both would be overcome by Satan’s attacks, Peter is the one who is restored. Why? Both despaired of their evil as soon as they committed it. The difference lies in that Peter did not despair under the knowledge of his sin forever. He heard his Lord’s mercy. He was restored with the sweet words of Gospel (John 21:15-19).


  • “A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth, the guilt of sinners bearing, and laden with the sins of earth, none else the burden sharing; goes patient on, grows weak and faint, to slaughter led without complaint, that spotless life to offer, he bears the stripes, the wounds, the lies, the mockery, and yet replies, “All this I gladly suffer”” – Paul Gerhardt (LSB 438, Stanza 1).

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-Pastor A. Brian Flamme

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