Love that Gets the World's Attention


Reflection Questions

1. Including the previous scene where Jesus washes everyone’s feet, describe how Jesus interacts with Judas at this dinner. What does this show us about Jesus?

2.The sermon describes how in v. 25, the question, “Lord, who is it?” Invites us to self-reflection. Where do you see selfishness winning out over love in your own life right now?

3. Jesus takes this opportunity to remind his friends of what is most important. What is he communicating in verses 31-35? How would you summarize Jesus’ message here?

4. The new commandment that he gives is simple but profound. Give some examples of what this love might look like.

5. How does Peter respond to this new commandment from Jesus? How do you see yourself acting like Peter?

6. The conclusion of the sermon reminds us that the love of Jesus is ultimately more powerful than even Peter’s great failure. Reflect on what that means for your life right now- the love of Jesus greater than your failure. If you’d like, share that with the group.

John 13:21-38

21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus' side,[e]24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25 So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.


FOOTNOTES

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.