28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.
Jesus continues His consolation of the apostles by helping them to understand how to put priority on things of greatest value in a time of crisis.
28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.
Jesus has said on several occasions already that He was “going away” (Jn 14:2,3,12). He was to go back to the Father after His ascension. His death on the cross is no ending point for the one who is the resurrection and the life.
‘If [and you don’t] you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’
In the Greek the “if” here is contrary to the fact, that is, the apostles had not fully loved Jesue goes to be with the Father, they will ultimately go as well. The contrast between the present state of Jesus with the apostles in His incarnation and His return to the Father was inestimable. He was to return from His humiliation on earth to a perfect state of exaltation. People who truly love Him should rejoice over that.
Failure to trust Jesus’ promises is a failure to love Him fully.
Many Christians think that they love Jesus, but they do not love Him in the fullest sense. Even the apostles thought that they loved Jesus, but He said, “and you don’t.”
We have our agenda, a desire for prominence and recognition. This kind of selfishness can reach the point of hatred for others who do not honor us the way we think they should. Jesus was the very opposite; He did what He did out of love for the Father.