When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.
“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.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:31-35
Jesus walked, ate, drank, slept near, and conversed with the twelve men who would go on to change the course of history, and yet, the message was simple, “love one another.” In the group of 12, I am certain their personalities clashed. We get glimpses of Peter, James, Andrew, Thomas and John, and it’s a good bet that they weren’t all the same personality type. Simon Peter would eventually cut off a soldier’s ear to protect his Savior. That’s not a passive, woe-is-me personality. The other disciples were upset at James and John for wanting preferential treatment.
So, the command was simple: love one another. Why? Because the “world” was watching. And it watches us today.
How are we doing as a Church? I’m afraid, we’re miserable at loving one another. Church splits are often the result of not loving one another.
We can’t get others to love one another (though we might attempt it) but we can certainly do it ourselves.
We’ll see this verse in a later chapter but it could have been placed here:
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13