There are certain subjects you just don’t bring up at family reunions and supper tables. Politics. Religion. These topics make things uncomfortable. Some families split over these things.
Imagine if someone at the table is a traitor.
Imagine if someone at the table is about to deny they even know you.
That’s what Jesus faced at the last supper with his disciples. He revealed the betrayer. He promised he would be denied.
And he offered fellowship and he still emphasized what is the most important thing. Love one another.
This is how everyone will know who is following Jesus. The ones who love Jesus. This was Jesus new command. New, not because it had never been heard before. New because it was the mark of his people. New because there was a higher standard, “just as I have loved you”.