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Love One Another
April 15, 2019, 2:00 PM

John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

In the hours preceding his crucifixion , Jesus spent his last hours continuing to teach His disciples. Jesus spent time washing His disciples feet - an act of undeniable and unbelievable humility. Following Jesus' washing of His disciples feet, according to John 13:18-30, He identified the one (Judas) who would betray him shortly.

It was in the context of Judas leaving the fellowship of the disciples that Jesus spoke about a "new" commandment He was giving them.  The commandment to love one another wasn't necessarily new - In fact, it wasn't.  Jesus did, however, bring about a new and deeper understanding of what it meant to love.  Jesus was speaking of the cross.  He was saying that we need to love one another with a depth of love that could only come by experiencing the life-changing love of the cross.

When we think about the application of verses 34-35, the picutre of Judas leaving the group to complete his betrayal is put against the picture of Jesus washing the disiciples feet and going to the cross to die.  Jesus had given His disciples the most stark contrast possible between love and hate. Judas' actions demonstrated hatred toward all that Jesus stood for and had taught them. Jesus' actions demonstrated true love and humility.

As we celebrate this week of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection, I'm reminded again of the great love of Christ.  I also see His love demonstrated in the lives of the people in Ashville through the community-wide Holy Week services.  While it may seem like a small thing to some, Holy Week demonstrates that the body of Christ is one. We show love our love by singing, praying, worshiping, and yes, eating together each day.

I pray for God's richest blessings on you and your family as you celebrate Holy Week!

 

In Christ,

Jay