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Lesson 55

John 13:31-38

[31] Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. [32] If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. [33] Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

[34] A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

[36] Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

[37] Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.

[38] Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

Background Information
The word thrice in verse 38 is an old way of saying “three times.”

Related Scriptures
Isaiah 53:10-12
Isaiah 55:6
Matthew 5:14-16
Matthew 26:69-75
John 1:14
John 2:24-25
John 12:23-28
1 John 4:7-8


  1. How did Jesus glorify God?

  2. Who glorified Jesus, and why?

  3. From Matthew 5:14-16, how can we follow Jesus’ example and glorify God?

  4. In John 13:34, what is Jesus’ new commandment for His followers?

  5. Also in John 13:34, Who is our example and motivation for loving each other?

  6. By what means did Jesus say the world would know we were His followers?

  7. a. How far did Peter think he would be willing to go in his loyalty to Jesus? b. Did he get that far?

  8. In John 2:24-25, we saw that Jesus knew what was inside of people and didn’t commit Himself to some who were less than fully committed to Him. Here in John 13:36-38, we see that Jesus also knew that Peter was spiritually deficient, yet Jesus remained committed to Peter. What was the difference?

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