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A new commandment?



The day before Jesus was nailed to the cross, he sat with his disciples and ate.  At this meal Jesus arose and washed the feet of his disciples.  After washing their feet Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  

Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday, a day in which we remember this event.  The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word for “command”, and refers to the command Jesus gave to his disciples at the Last Supper.  The interesting thing is that the command to “love one another” was not new in New Testament times.  Among a list of laws in Leviticus 19 is the law to “love your neighbor as yourself” (verse 18).  So, what makes this different?  The significant words in the new command Jesus gave are  “as I have loved you.”   The command to love as Jesus has loved us takes the depth of loving others to a whole new level.  When we express love to others it should not just be as we love ourselves, but as Jesus Christ loves us.  Jesus suffered a horrible death and laid down his life for us- an amazing act of self-sacrificing love for all mankind.  To be called and commanded to love in that way definitely gives me pause.  I pray that I can answer this call and truly love others the way Jesus does.

It is also our prayer that you will embrace this Holy Week.  That, for Christians, you will take the time to reflect on the command God has given us.  And, that you would also use this amazing opportunity to invite others to hear about and experience the love of Jesus.

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