Now that Judas has departed for his betrayal, there can be no doubt
that the “hour” that Jesus has been talking about so much has come.
The events that have been planned for ages are in motion, and Jesus
will soon die for the sins of men. Jesus begins his most intimate
talk with his closest followers by telling them about his love for his
people, and how that love should affect the way they live.
Jesus reminds his disciples of his love for men by talking about his
glory. He would soon give them the ultimate example of undeserved
love by going to the cross for sinners. Though men do nothing in
themselves to warrant this sort of love, Jesus loved his people so
much that he died for them.
After Jesus died and rose again, he ascended into heaven to sit at the
right hand of God the Father. Soon he would no longer be living in
the presence of men. Men will not be able see his love for them
firsthand, but nonetheless he has not left the world without a witness
to his love. The love that Christians have for one another should
mimic the love that Jesus had for them at the cross, and this love
should be so profound that it becomes a powerful testimony to all of
those around them.