New Commandment Thursday…

Maundy Thursday, from the Latin of John 13:34: mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos ut et vos diligatis invicem.

John 13:31-35

So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him.  32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately.  33 Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you.  34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

This is the day in Holy Week in which we remember, among other things, that Jesus called us to a new commandment – That we love one another as He has loved us, we should love one another.

He said this in the context of service and sacrifice.  He washed their feet and we should take up the slaves position amongst our friends.  He said we cannot follow Him to the actual cross, a confrontation with the wrath of God, but we can and must love one another in the same manner.

Later in the same discourse Jesus explains what it is love one another:

John 15:9-15

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”

Be a friend of Jesus today.  Die today. May your joy be full.

al sends


One response to “New Commandment Thursday…

  1. Thanks Alan for the beautiful reminder. It’s at first a daunting thought – that we should love as he did – but then we’re reminded that he gives us all that’s necessary to do what he commands. We are truly blessed.

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