jesus-on-crossChapters 14-16 of John’s gospel do not contain many allusions to the death of Jesus. In fact, the three chapters consist in a continued conversation where Jesus prepares his disciples for his departure. Throughout the talk, Jesus refers to his death using euphemisms that talk about it as his departure from earth and return to the Father. The only direct mention of his death occurs almost halfway into the conversation. Jesus said:

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

Considering this verse as the interpretative for the whole passage, we could say that for Jesus it was of supreme importance to spend time with his disciples because he loved them  truly. It is impressive to think that Jesus demonstrated his love for humanity giving his life as a true friend. Although many today would say they are your friends, their friendship might not probe to be true when put to the test. In comparison, Jesus has already demonstrated his love and true friendship to all of humanity by dying for us on the cross.