Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world to the Father…
I. HE HAD A DIVINE PRESENTIMENT OF THE EXACT TIME OF HIS DEATH. "When Jesus knew" etc. All men know that they must die sooner or later. This throws a shade v on the whole path of life, but the exact time is in mercy hidden from us. But Christ knew His hour from the first, and instead of endeavouring to avoid it comes forth to meet it. What mere man would have done this? And with such heroic calmness!
II. HE HAD A GLORIOUS VIEW OF THE NATURE OF HIS DEATH.
1. It was a departure from this world. With the exception of the beauties and blessings of the earth, everything in the world must have been repugnant to Him. It was a world of rebels against the government of His Father, of enemies against Himself. To Him it must have been what the cell is to the prisoner or the lazaretto to the healthy. To leave such a scene could not have been a matter for regret, but rather of desire. May not every good man look on death thus? What is there in the human world to interest him?
2. It was a going to the Father, where —
(1) He would get the highest approbation of His work.
(2) He would enjoy the sublimest fellowship. So with the Christian.
III. HE HAD A SUBLIME MOTIVE FOR MEETING WITH HIS DEATH. Love for His own, i.e., all who in every land and age consecrate themselves to God, whose they are. This love continues —
1. To the end of every man's existence.
2. To the end of the mediatorial system. Nay, will it ever have an end? Never in essence, but in achievement.
(D. Thomas, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
WEB: Now before the feast of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that his time had come that he would depart from this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.