1 However, before the feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that His time (hour) had come that He should leave this world and go to the Father, He loved His own in this world, He loved them to the end.
The end of chapter 12 are the last public words of teaching that Jesus was to bring to the people before His crucifixion. Chapter 13 is the beginning of His private teaching to the disciples. We know that there was more teaching to follow after He was raised from the dead. Luke tells us this:
During the forty days after his crucifixion, He appeared to the apostles from time to time and proved to them in many ways that He was actually alive. On these occasions He talked to them about the Kingdom of God – Acts 1.3 (NLT).
We also know that Jesus, after His ascension to Heaven appeared to more than five hundred people:
After that, He was seen by more than 500 of His followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died – 1 Corinthians 15.6 (NLT). This may have been an occasion when Jesus gave some further teaching about the Kingdom of God.
However, chapter 13 begins the time that John described as ‘His hour’. That is the time when He would walk the road to His sacrificial death on the cross. It was the time, the hour, when He would defeat Satan and death and bring salvation to all who receive Him as their Lord and Saviour.
Therefore, this ‘hour’ is a precious one to us, because it was the hour when our liberation from sin and death was completed. It was the time when the darkness was defeated by Jesus, the Light of the world.
It was the hour when Jesus opened up the way for all men and women to come to God, our Heavenly Father.
Jesus was in the Upper Room, the room that had been prepared for them to celebrate the Passover Meal. He only had a few more hours to spend with His disciples before He would be betrayed and arrested.
During those few hours, alone with His disciples, Jesus began to teach them some wonderful and eternal truths. They are truths that bring liberty to every soul who invites Jesus into their life.