Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 146
Context: Jesus knows that His death is close as He speaks to his disciples in the Upper Room. In the final moments together, He commands them to love as He has loved them. His love will be demonstrated when He gives up His life for His friends. The disciples will no longer be called servants, but friends, because Jesus has revealed the whole truth about God His Father to them with the confidence one places in friends, not servants. The disciples have not chosen to follow Him, but He has selected and consecrated them to continue His ministry. Christ's words to the disciples are:
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.