4/23/19

Good morning!

Text: John 13  (Deuteronomy 7-8)

Jesus brings powerful teaching at the Last Supper.  His followers grew up in a culture defined by God’s Law and obedience – a way of life where behavior was everything.  But Jesus’ message is that our new life is all about relationship – with God and with others.  As He is about to go to the cross, He puts a capstone on His three years of preaching.

“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.” John 13:34

Our lives as Christians are defined by our love for not only God, but one another.  In the New Testament epistles, there are dozens “one another” statements that detail our call to love.  We are to carry one another’s burdens, encourage one another, teach one another, hold one another to account, forgive one another, be kind and tenderhearted toward one another, and many more.  To live the reality of Jesus’ words, “love one another”, we must be in ongoing and intimate relationships with other believers.  That means time spent together, transparency, honesty, vulnerability, and choosing to sacrifice for others.  To live this, Christians can be neither private nor alone.  This life of love is one of the greatest blessings of our faith.  Don’t miss it.

in Him, Mike