Lent Day 37 — A lifeline for the faithful
 When he had gone out, 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 glorify him at once.  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.’  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.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:31-35 ESV)
The new commandment Jesus gives us here gives a definition of the Christian life hid with God in Christ in one pithy sentence. My paraphrase of the commandment would be, “First recognizing God’s love for me, I am to love my Christian brothers and sisters no less, and by this the on-looking world will see Jesus in me.” Tall order, eh?
Well, perhaps not, actually. I don’t think God ever gives us an impossible task. What he does give us is the means to glorify his name. After all, the reason you and I are here in the first place is to glorify our Maker.
One last thought concerning this passage: It seems Jesus was talking primarily to his twelve disciples, less one. To the disciples this whole business of Jesus’ illogical insistence on continuing on the path toward a gruesome death must have been very troubling, and it will get worse for them before they even begin to understand what is going on. At least now they have a new commandment from the lips of their Master to hold on to.
I’ll try to hold on to it too.