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Devotional - week of January 13, 2008


THE NIGHT BEFORE

 

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”  John 15:26-27

 

Chapters 13-17 of the Gospel of John record the teachings and activities of Jesus the night before His crucifixion. Among other things, He was concerned with the impact His followers would have on the world.

 

John 13:1-14 describes Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. In verse 15 Jesus said to them, “For I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you." In verse 35 He says, "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." This is evangelism through Christians loving and serving each other.

 

Jesus says in John 14:31, "But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do." One’s obedience to the Father proves to the world his love for the Father.

 

The emphasis in John 15:12-13 is on believers abiding in Christ and loving each other. John 15:18-19 records Jesus saying that the world hates His followers. In the last two verses of the chapter, He mentions that the Holy Spirit and His followers would testify of Him.

 

Chapter 16 of John records Jesus teaching that when the Holy Spirit comes, He will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and will glorify Him by teaching about the Father and Himself.

 

Chapter 17 is a prayer of Jesus. In verse 9, He tells the Father that He does not pray for the world but for those that the Father has given Him out of the world. Throughout chapter 17, He prays that His followers might be made perfect in one that the world may know that the Father has sent Him and that the Father loves His followers as He loves Him.

 

On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus taught His disciples that the world would be impacted by His followers being obedient to the Father, by their abiding in Him, by their loving and serving each other, by their witnessing—and by the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. His major emphasis was on all believers loving and serving each other. We do our part in living by grace.