Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
This scene is one of the most interesting in all the New Testament if you understand the cast of characters present at this most amazing event. At center stage you have the Lord and King of glory, the main character of not only this brief narrative but also the central focus of all of human history. His hour had now come, the purpose for which He came to this broken and fallen world filled with sin and rebellion against Him. Surrounding Him were a cast of characters chosen from before the foundation of the world (see John 15:16) who would make interesting reading in any Broadway playbill.