Last Sunday we looked at Serving Saviour from John 13:1-17. It was Palm Sunday when we commemorated Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey as the crowd shouted, “ Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” as they waved palm branches. (John 12:13) Yet while that was happening there was a death threat on Jesus’ life. Part of Jesus’ popularity came from His raising his friend, Lazarus from the dead. News and celebration of this amazing miracle spread far and wide but the Pharisees were upset at Jesus’ rising fame. When you do good some will love you while others will want you dead. Jesus knew of this threat and so had gone underground. In so doing he had visited with the resurrected Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. It was then that Mary had anointed Jesus with expensive perfume in preparation for his burial.
In the opening verses of our text (1-3), we see that in light of the reality of His pending death, Jesus is consumed with love for those who were His own. This is so despite his awareness that one of His own followers, Judas, had been enslaved and prompted by the devil, to betray Him. It is also significant to note that Jesus was also deeply aware of His own divine origin, His power and the destiny of His work. (v.3)
God is constantly demonstrating His love to us whilst the devil is constantly working to turn men’s heart away from God and to spoil God’s plan. (See John. 10:10) In the midst of all of this however, verse 3 makes it abundantly clear that God is in charge of all the happenings in the universe including planet earth. “All things are under his (Jesus’) power.” Even when evil seems to be having the ascendancy, (Note Jesus was about to be crucified - what a triumph for evil). God is not only at work but is in control. His purposes must and will prevail. He never loses control. Even the devil’s plan must yield to the dictates of God’s sovereignty, plan and design.