It’s Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter.
This is the day that Jesus washes the disciples feet, communes with the disciples for the
Last Supper in the upper room, goes to the Garden of Gethsemene to pray while the disciples slept, and was betrayed by Judas amongst other happenings of the day.
But this is also the day Jesus gives us a new mandate or command, which He says again a few moments later
“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other.” ~ John 13:34
This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you.” ~ John 15:12
This command to love each other is important for us to learn. Jesus is our example.
Jesus spent his life teaching us the meaning of love. Through word and deed Jesus showed us how to love God and to love one another. He fed the hungry. He healed the sick. He invited the women and the children and the tax collectors and the sinners all to come to his table. He broke bread with the least of these as well as the lost and shared the cup of redemption with them all. It didn’t matter what race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or class a person was, He loved. Jesus challenged the religious authority. He called out the hypocrites. He rebuked the Pharisees for their hardened hearts.
Jesus brought a simple message for us all: Love God, love yourself, and love one another.
“One of the legal experts heard their dispute and saw how well Jesus answered them. He came over and asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus replied, “The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” ~ Mark 12:28-31
How are you doing at loving God, loving yourself, and loving one another? Take time this Maundy Thursday to allow the love of God to move in you and through you so that we all can follow Jesus’ new command of loving each other as He loved us.
*** All Scriptures quoted are from the Common English Bible