A New Commandment (John 13:31-35) // Sunday, May 15, 2022

A New Commandment (John 13:31-35) // Sunday, May 15, 2022

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Scripture: John 13:31-35 (Common English Bible)

31 When Judas was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Human One[a] has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify the Human One[b] in himself and will glorify him immediately. 33 Little children, I’m with you for a little while longer. You will look for me—but, just as I told the Jewish leaders, I also tell you now—‘Where I’m going, you can’t come.’

34 “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.”


In Eastertide, we continue in the season of Resurrection through God in Jesus Christ. With Resurrection comes renewed challenges, renewed hopes and renewed possibilities. In order to seize the day, we must reset to realign with God’s will for our lives.

Where Jesus is going, the disciples can’t come, but a new commandment resets their relationship with God and one another: Love One Another.  

Reflection Questions:

  1. What is a word, phrase or image that comes to mind when you read or hear the text?
  2. After his resurrection, Jesus leaves the disciples and gives them a new commandment to “love each other” as Jesus had loved them. Jesus does not say “be kind to each other” or “be nice to each other,” but to love each other. Can we be kind to one another with out loving one another? What could the difference be?
  3. What does this scripture teach you about commandments?
  4. What does God invite you to do, change or be through this passage?

Discipleship Huddle Questions:

  • How is it with your soul?
  • How does your soul prosper?