Top 100 Children’s Bible Memory Verses: Sign Of True Discipleship – The Story Behind John 13:35

John 13:35 is a favorite children’s Bible memory verse, but how many know the story behind this verse?

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John was one of Jesus’ disciples.  He wrote this book of John to prove that Jesus was in fact God come here to earth to save people from their sins.

This particular passage is written describing Jesus’ final days prior to His death and resurrection.  Something only God could do.

I am writing on Thursday of Holy Week.  The day that Jesus went up into the upper room to share the Passover meal with His disciples.  He knew that He would soon be betrayed, tried, scourged and hung on a cross for the sins of men.

Jesus had just given the disciples the ‘New Commandment’ to love one another as He had loved them.  Then in verse 35 Jesus told them that this is the way that people would be able to identify Jesus’ disciples, if they have love for one another.  It would not be if they wore certain clothes, or attended certain schools or churches, or belonged to certain clubs, or had bumper stickers on their wagons.

It would be because they exhibited a certain kind of miraculous love for each other.  And it is the same for Christians today.  How do we love one another?

Now you know the story behind John 13:35.

For more of John visit…

The Big Idea Of John Is The Story Of Believing in Jesus The Son Of God And Savior.

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It provides the Big Story behind all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  


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