Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Lent Day 37 — A lifeline for the faithful


[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.” (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.


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