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Thursday, March 22, 2012

What's New About the New Commandment?

As we approach Good Friday and Easter, let us think about what Jesus meant when He said: 
"Love each other, as I have loved you." 
What is different from the commandment that God already had given to His people in Leviticus 19:18 ?
This is new: Never before has that degree of greatness performed that degree of sacrifice.

Listen to one of the greatest teachers of Jesus´ Love of our time - and come to love His Love, and love your fellow believers with His Love !

What Makes This New?

Why is it that love proves discipleship? Why is it that when disciples love each other there is such good evidence that they are true disciples of Jesus? Why is this one-another-love so compelling? The answer comes when we ponder why Jesus calls this commandmentnew. If we see what makes the commandment new, we will see what makes it have such compelling power to prove true discipleship, true faith in Jesus.
The command to love each other is not new in and of itself. Leviticus 19:18 said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” What appears to be new is the way we are to love, namely, “as Jesus has loved us.” Verse 34b: “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Never before had the Son of God come into the world and laid down his life for his people. That had never happened before. This degree of greatness making this degree of sacrifice, had never happened. This is new.
So is Jesus simply saying: If you imitate this kind of sacrifice in loving each other, you will be fulfilling the newness of this commandment? ...

What's New About the New Commandment?

It´s not about merely copying Jesus, but allowing Him to live out His love in your life ...

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