31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him,[c] God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. 33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” 36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” 37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!
Yesterday we had seen that when Satan entered Judas, Judas left the place where Jesus and His disciples were having their Passover meal together. As Judas went out to complete his wicked act of betrayal the death of Jesus became imminent. There was no turning back and in less than 12 hours Jesus would be nailed to the cross to die a slow, agonizing death – the death that the Lamb of God alone must die to take away the sins of the world. Jesus is not regretting his crucifixion but he sees it as glorification because it was now the moment to fulfill his mission. He is indeed the Good Shepherd who lays down His own precious life to rescue His sheep from destruction. And the very first thing that He gives His disciples in this entire body of instructions is a new commandment. ‘A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if you have love one to another.’ The love we are commanded to have for one another is a love that results in self-denial. Christ loved us to the extent of being willing to die for us. In the same way, we are to love our brethren in Christ enough to be willing to die for them, if such should ever become necessary. Let us go out and love one another as this is a true mark of discipleship.