It is the final night of Jesus’ life. By this time tomorrow Jesus will have been executed on the cross and placed in a tomb. The thirteenth chapter of John records the scene in the upper room. Judas has been identified as the betrayer and has been sent out. Jesus is left with the other eleven apostles. After telling them to love one another as Jesus has loved them, he tells them that he is going away and where he is going they cannot come (13:33). Peter wants to know why they cannot follow him (13:37) and Jesus responds by asking if they are ready to lay down their lives for him. This is where we pick up in the account as we begin John 14. The scene has not changed and the chapter break occurs in the very middle of Jesus’ conversation with his disciples about his leaving them.
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