John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Commandments were important and holy to the Jewish people. They had 613 laws with 248 of them being “do’s” and 365 being “don’ts.” So, when Jesus said a “new commandment,” they probably thought they already had enough!
Jesus had put His stamp of approval on “The Great Commandment” earlier in His ministry.
Matthew 22:37-40 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
So, Jesus was not adding to the law, but extending and clarifying the Great Law. He pushes the boundary of the second law and says, “I told you to love one another as you love yourself.”
But now, a new commandment, “You are to love one another, as I have loved you.”
Who is that “another” in your life?
Just like Jesus loves them, we are now commanded to love them the same way.
He continued on: Read John 14:15, 15:10, 15:12, 15:14, 15:17
This kind of love is not emotion but choice; the same choice that Jesus made to love you.
Ephesians 5:25-29 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,
1. vs. 25 He loved us. Jesus demonstrated the depth of His love in such a way that it could never be questioned.
2. vs. 25 He gave Himself. He gave himself to the soldiers to be arrested, to Herod’s evil rule, to Pilate’s judgement, to the soldiers who nailed him to the cross, to death. “No one takes my life, I lay it down!”
3. vs. 26 Sanctify/Cleansed The purpose was to make holy, to be set apart from the secular, to cleanse us to believe in Him.
4. vs. 27 Present It means to stand alongside, to be presented to this world as the result of Jesus’ love.
5. vs. 29 Nourishes and Cherishes These describe the work of Christ. He cares for us and looks after our needs as if they were His own.
We are to do the same.
John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
– Love one another = affection
– Give ourselves up for one another = servant heart
– Be sanctified = holy in our relationships and behavior
– When we present ourselves to the world, they should see Jesus.
– We are to nourish and cherish His church the same way He does.
The result is:
vs. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus love us without the expectation of us loving Him back. If I don’t get a return on my investment, I cash in. He does not. We are to love the same.
Philippians 2:13 For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Do you want to please God?
– Love those others the way Jesus loved them.
Do you want to be prepared for revival?
– They will know who Jesus is, if and when we love one another.
No, it’s not an impossible task. It is God who works in you. He gives you the will, the conviction, the do, the power.
The Kingdom going forth depends on you and I obeying the Eleventh Commandment!
– Who are the others in your life that God is calling you to love that might be hard to love?
– When was a time that someone loved you where you were at and it blessed you?