K Neill Foster

Daily Doctrine

A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster

for December 02, 2022

Love Carries Atmosphere

Text: "Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love" John 13:1b.

I find the thirteenth chapter of John to be one of the most fascinating in the New Testament. Jesus' death is approaching, and he is attempting to prepare his disciples for the agonies ahead.

John begins his narrative by describing the love atmosphere Jesus and his disciples enjoyed. They were, says John, shown the full extent of Jesus love. That alone is an incomprehensible statement.

But think of the Great Commandment: "You shall love the Lord with all your heart." Now, in this passage, the Great Commandment is followed by a New Commandment, one that emerges from an atmosphere of love, from the tension of a betrayer about to succumb and from the humble messiness of foot washing: "A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" John 13:34.

Such extraordinary love is the true mark of a Christian.

-knf