In John chapter 14:15-26, we find ourselves deep into Jesus’ last message to his disciples. We are at the last supper celebrating the Passover where Jesus has been acting strange.
He washed all of the disciples’ feet teaching while teaching them a lesson in humility, but all is not well.
Jesus is troubled. John 13:21 “After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Jesus is troubled in his spirit because at that very moment a betrayal was happening.
In the midst of this Jesus confirms their worst fears. He is leaving and where he is going they cannot come. John 13:33 (ESV)
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.’
Then as if to top it all off, Peter who promises to lay down his life for Jesus is told that he will deny Jesus three times before morning (John 13:38).
To say the disciples are a mess and to say that their “hearts were troubled” at this point is probably a huge understatement. In one evening, they are seeing everything they have believed in and followed for the last three years shaken. Jesus is troubled, Judas is a traitor, and Peter will deny Jesus. Their faith and their lives are being shaken.
In verse 15-26 Jesus is continuing his message but his is shifting from comfort to mission and from “being” to “doing.”
Jesus message to his disciples is that they are to carry on his mission. Those that love him will stay on that task. They will obey Jesus’ commandments. They will keep his words. Living in obedience to Jesus and his teachings is the PROOF of discipleship.