Good morning. I hope you are having a great Holy Week. What a week to celebrate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today is Maundy Thursday, and what a day. On this day, Jesus gave this commandment (maundy) to his disciples;
31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” J0hn 13:31-35
How will we (or at least should we) be known? Love. This is Agape love, the highest form of love. Doesn’t that make sense though? Jesus, getting ready to be betrayed, slandered, spit on, beaten, forgotten, and ultimately killed (more on this tomorrow); He is eating dinner with his friends, his disciples. He had already showed them what a servant looks like by washing their feet, now he is reclining with them, all of them (yes even including his betrayer Judas) and sharing a meal. And teaching them. Love.
“How will people know you are my disciples?” If you love one another, without conditions; without expecting them to love you back; whether they agree with you politically, or socially; whether they are the same color or ethnicity; whether they hate you or want to kill you. You love them like I love you, Jesus says. Let’s love each other this way! Think about how different the world would be. See you tomorrow for Good Friday, and yes Sunday is coming! RESURRECTION DAY!