John: Double-Crossed, Single Cross

John 13:21-38

There are conflicting reports about how the captain of the Titanic, Edward Smith, handled himself when it became clear that the ship was sinking that fateful night in April of 1912. The director of the now-famous movie version of the story apparently believed the accounts that said Smith froze under the enormity of the tragedy that was unfolding in front of him–failing to give proper directions, share much-needed information, or organize his crew. The effectiveness of a leader is shown in how he prepares for, and leads through, immense challenges such as these. As we continue in the gospel of John, looking at 13:21-38, we’ll see that our Lord did not freeze or isolate himself as the darkness grew thicker and the cross drew nearer. No, He loved His disciples to the end and prepared them for what was about to take place that awful Passover weekend.