TODAY’S READING: JOHN 13-15
“I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.” – John 14:30-31
Jesus said he did as the Father commanded him.
What did the Father command Jesus to do?
Jesus says that he will no longer talk much with the disciples. He has been doing a lot of teaching. Now it is time for his teaching to end because he is going to demonstrate what he has been teaching.
It is time to stop talking and start doing because the ruler of this world is coming. The ruler of this world is Satan. Satan roams the earth like a lion looking for whom he can devour. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
But, Jesus says, “He has no claim on me.” Other translations say, “He has no hold over me” or “He has no power over me.” But, the most literal translation is “He has nothing in me.”
What does Jesus mean?
Hebrews 2:14 says that Satan, the devil, is “the one who has the power of death.” So, Jesus is saying that Satan is not able to put death in him. Satan has no ability, no power, and no right to do this.
Why is this the case?
Because Jesus said, “I do as the Father commanded me.”
What did the Father command Jesus?
In John 12:49-50, Jesus said, “For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment – what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
Satan has no death in Jesus because he does what the Father commanded him, which is eternal life.
What exactly is the commandment of eternal life?
In John 13:34-35, Jesus said, “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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The commandment of eternal life is the new commandment Jesus gives to the disciples. “Just as I have loved you, you also are to one another.” Eternal life is to love one another as Jesus loved us.
How does Jesus love us?
Just before Jesus gave this new commandment of eternal life, he said, “Where i am going you cannot come.”
So, Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?”
Jesus answered, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.”
Peter responded,”Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
On one hand, Peter understood that to love one another as Jesus loved him meant that you needed to lay down your life for the other. On the other hand, Peter did not understand the full extent of that and was not ready to do exactly that.
Later in this same conversation, Jesus makes the commandment of eternal life explicitly clear. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one that this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13)
So, Satan had nothing in Jesus, that is no power of death in Jesus, because Jesus did the commandment of eternal life that God gave him. That commandment was to manifest love by laying down his life for his friends.
Why did Jesus lay down his life?
“So that the world may know that I love the Father.”
And so it is with us. The world will know that we love God when we love as Jesus loved us by laying down our lives for each other. Then the world will know that God sent Jesus to save it.