John 13.2-7 cont.
2 And supper was already taking place; the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, that he should betray Him.
3 Knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and going to God,
4 He got up from the supper and laid aside His clothes, and having taken a towel He tied it around Himself.
Jesus knew where He had come from and He knew where He was going to.
We may be familiar with the story of the person who went to the railway ticket booking office and asked for a return ticket. The booking clerk asked: “where to”? The person replied: “Why? Back here of course!”
Jesus is the only person who could say that He was returning from where He came. He had come from Heaven, and He was about to return to Heaven. He had been sent by the Father, from His side, and He would soon return to be seated in glory at the side of His Father.
Later Jesus was to pray these words:
“Now, Father, bring Me into the glory We shared before the world began” – John 17.5 (NLT). In this Jesus confirms His being one with the Father.
There have been many great people, some of whom have started religions, and who are revered by their followers. Yet none of them has the status of Jesus, none of them can compare to Him. He alone came from the Father and returned to the Father. He alone is One with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
As Jesus was about to enter into the final hours of His time on earth He had the assurance of where He had come from and where He was going. This assurance would have greatly encouraged Him to submit Himself into the hands of sinful men and be cruelly killed. He did this because He loves us and He came to save us.
Jesus had no need to die for us, except the love that He has for the whole world, and the desire that all should be saved. This shows His great love, a greater love than anybody has every shown or will show.
God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners – Romans 5.8 (NLT).