JOHN 13:31-33A, 34-35
When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him,
God will also glorify him in himself,
and God will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Before Jesus departed His followers, He wanted to impart to them something very important. Think about that – before parents leave their children for an evening, they give them explicit instructions on what they are to do and not to do while they are gone. Before a big game, a coach gives his team the most important instructions right before they take the field. Jesus tells His disciples, “My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.” In other words, pay attention. What I am about to say is important.
What does Jesus choose to share with His disciples before He leaves them? “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” Obviously this teaching is key to the Kingdom.
And how did Jesus love us? He loved us to the cross – the most shameful method of execution at the time. He shed his last drop of blood. He emptied Himself completely for you and for me. This kind of love had never been seen before. And now Jesus was asking His followers to love in this same way.
If we are immature, we think only of ourselves and what we can get out of life. Mature people think about others and are willing to sacrifice their own desires. Just imagine being in that room with Jesus hearing this instruction to love one another. Imagine a world in which every person sought the good of others instead of themselves. That would be paradise. And that is what Jesus came to establish.
Am I willing to sacrifice my desires for the good of another person?
Am I willing to love as Jesus loved?
Have a great weekend! May we put into practice what Jesus has taught us. Our great Coach has left us an important instruction. May we love one another and He loved us.