Day 28 - Jesus' Actions

Video Host: Dulce Lopez - Southwest Hispanic DYD

Big Scripture: John 13:3138 (NLT)

31 As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. 32 And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once. 33 Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. 34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” 36 Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?” And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.” 37 “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I’m ready to die for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Die for me? I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me. 

Big Idea:

In this passage of Scripture, we learn three remarkable things about Jesus. The first thing we learn is that Jesus understood the timing of God’s plan for redemption, and He knew what it would cost Him. In the Gospel of John, anytime Jesus talked about “the time” for “his glory” He was talking about the Cross. Jesus wasn’t an unwilling victim in this plan, He was willing to lay His life downeven die a horrible deathso that we could receive real life. 

The second thing we learn in this passage is Jesus knew His followers would be instrumental in the plan against Him but loved them so much anyway. Peter was one of Jesus’ three closest followers and friends. But Jesus knew Peter would deny Him in just a matter of hours. What’s amazing is that Jesus was still loving toward Peter (who would deny Him), Judas (who would betray Him), and all the other disciples (who would abandon Him)even to the point of washing their feet just moments earlier! 

Third, we learn that Jesus knew why He must go to the Cross. He gave His followers a command to love each other and provided them with an example of how to love each other. But He knew that they didn’t just need new commands. They needed new hearts. We can’t obey God’s commands unless He gives us new hearts, new thoughts, and new desires. When we believe in Jesus’ work on the Cross, our hearts become right before God. And when we really “see” for ourselves Jesus’ love for us on the Cross, our hearts are melted.  We are moved to love and serve both God and others. When we serve others with a heart like Jesus, the world won’t be able to ignore it.

Big Questions:

  • Have you ever predicted something correctly? What was it?

  • Jesus loved and served His disciples even knowing they would hurt Him. What does that teach you about His nature? 

  • Why do we need new hearts and not just new commands? 

Big Prayer:

God,
Thank You that Jesus was willing to lay His life down for me. He wasn’t trapped or tricked into doing it. He knew the plan and He honored and glorified You by obediently going to the Cross. Help me to believe that what Jesus did with His life, death, and resurrection is everything I need. Help me to trust in His work and treasure Him above all other things. Holy Spirit, help me to seeto experiencethe goodness of Jesus. Help me to always love and serve others regardless of how they treat me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.