Last week, we heard Jesus say in John 8, “If you hold to My teaching, then you are REALLY My disciples.” In other words, “If you say that you are My followers, then you will actually FOLLOW Me.”
And now, here in John 13, He makes it simple again. He is about to go to the cross. He is about to leave them. So He wants to leave them with what is most important, He wants them to understand what it really means to be like Him. And what defines the life of Jesus more than anything else? He LOVES.
LOVE is the clothing that we wear. LOVE is the mark that really proves we are His disciples.
But not just any kind of love. He says very clearly, “Everyone will know you are My disciples if you love one another IN THE SAME WAY that I have loved you.”
So the important question is: “What does the love of Jesus look like?”