The Upper Room Discourse (John 13-17) creates a model for how the missional church is called to dwell in God, each other, and the world.
Mapping the Text
Dwelling in the Tension of Love and Betrayal
John 13:1-20 Jesus Washes Feet
It is not an accident that the Upper Room Discourse begins with an action. God is not an object to be studied, or an idea or doctrine to be ascertained. God is love and love is action between persons. Jesus demonstrates the indwelling love of God by washing the feet of his disciples. The rest of the discourse is his explanation of what he has done.
John 13:21-30 Betrayal
God’s love exists in a world mixed with betrayal. It is not a utopian, escapist dream of perfection yet-to-come. God’s love extends to all people, even those who will betray it. It is unconditional.