John 13:31-35 (ESV)
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.”
- What does Jesus call his disciples in verse 33?
- Which disciple uses this same phrase when he writes too Christians in the first century? Read 1 John 2:1,12, 28 ; 3:7 , 18; 4:4; 5:21.
- What does the use of this phrase, “little children” tell you about the love Jesus has for his disciples?
- Did John learn and model the love of Jesus in his life?
- Where is Jesus going that the disciples cannot come?
- Has Jesus used this language before? Read John 7:33-34, 8:21.
- Do the disciples understand or comprehend that Jesus is going away?
- Why does Jesus tell his disciples that he is going away?
- If you were one of the disciples, would you have understood what was about to happen to Jesus? Would you have gotten it?