How Will They Know?

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A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35)

These are the words of Jesus in our passage today. Words that He said to the disciples just shortly before He told Peter that He would deny Jesus 3 times before the cock crows.

How interesting is it that Jesus would talk about how people would know that they were His disciples by how they acted; the love they had for one another.  Matthew records Peter’s denial; he denied Jesus 3 times, just as prophesied.  Look at what was happening outside of the palace as Jesus was before the high priest being accused of things that were not true.  Peter was outside sitting

with the servants (Matt 26:58-75).  The people that Peter was with were saying that he knew Jesus.  Peter denied and denied and denied Jesus.  The thing that really gave him away was his speech.  People knew that he had been with Jesus because he had a certain way of speaking, a gentle and loving way of speaking.  Take a look at the last denial:

And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. (Matthew 26:73)

They knew that He was one of “them” because of how he talked.  Peter was ashamed to be associated with Jesus.  So ashamed that he began to curse and swear when he was “discovered” by his conversation (Matt 26:74).  How did they know?  Because his “speech bewrayeth him”.  Bewray is an old English word for “expose”. The way he talked “exposed” the truth; his manner of conversation gave him away.

What are you doing to show that you love Jesus.  Are you His ambassador, or are you ashamed of the gospel? Are you speaking boldly about how much you love Jesus?  Do people know that you have been with Jesus?

Tell people about the love of God, that He gave His only begotten Son to die upon the cross to pay the sin debt that we owe but cannot pay.  Do you know my Savior?  Meet My Savior.  I know Jesus and He is a friend like no other.  He took the nails for me, the least I could do is tell everyone about the best news of my life.  The Good News of the Gospel.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

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Pamela Rose Williams

Pamela Rose Williams is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband, Dr. Michael L. Williams, have served in Christian ministry since 2001. She has a bachelor's Degree in Christian Education and spends most of her time as a professional editor and writer, working with many Christian authors and artists. Additionally, she works with her husband using their extensive experience in information technology to provide Christ-centered teaching and resources to people all over the world. To learn more about Pamela visit her About page.