Today’s beautiful weather in Ammon, Idaho. Isn’t it nice? No better place to live. Really.
And today, we began our study on the final evening of Jesus with his disciples before his crucifixion, the “lifting up” before all.
Again, this is one of the greatest privileges of my life: to work my way through chapters 13-17 with a group of loving, Christ-filled people each Sunday.
Look how the first verse in chapter 13 begins. It is about love.
Examine how the last verse in chapter 17 ends. It is about love.
Do you see it?
When you study verse 1, put the spotlight on the last phrase containing these words, “unto the end” (eis telos). I like the sense that the ASV (1901) places at the bottom of the page. The NEB picks up on this. The NIV follows suit. And the NLT paraphrases it also as the “full extent of love.”
How does Jesus introduce the full extent of love?
(But make sure you make the distinction between louo and nipto for the washing in verse 10; the KJV obscures it. I disagree with the Codex Sinaiticus omitting, “save to wash his feet”, which the NEB translates accordingly.)
When I look at the life of Jesus, the preexistent One who came out from God, and notice what he did, it provokes me to live the life of a latter-day slave (lds) in my pursuit of following the Servant-Master.