Spoken exclusively to the disciples, here are texts commanding love between believers. In imitation of Christ’s own, love must be sacrificial, generous and helpful, and not self-concerned. Also, how spiritual joy relates to love, and what it means to be ‘one’ in John 17.
A final teaching miracle by the risen Lord trains seven apostles to see key principles of service and instrumentality, including the threefold reproof and restoration of Peter, and the lessons for us, especially on the nature of true love for Christ leading to lifelong loyalty.
The future apostles are taught the steps to be taken when the soul is wounded or jaded, vital for all who love and serve the Lord. Here are the Lord’s five themes for reflection, enabling obedience to, ‘Let not your heart be troubled’.
Shortly before Calvary the Lord charges His disciples with (1) defence of faith and church (2) the preaching of the Gospel (3) avoidance of any use of His church for personal benefit (4) separation from the world, and (5) total focus on the Last Day.
In teaching the afterlife, Christ speaks of ‘seeing’ death, which includes tasting it. He describes the most terrible experience conceivable, leading to judgement. But those, He says, who believe His message will never see it. Here is how He is able to deliver believers.