“This is my commandment, that you love
one another as I have loved you. No one
has greater love than this, to lay down
one’s life for one’s friends.”
– John 15:12-13
The last command Jesus gave to his disciples was “love one another as I have loved you.” This wasn’t a suggestion. It wasn’t mere advice. The church calls this day Maundy (Command) Thursday, because of this command. The Teacher wasn’t just giving his students a “word” lesson on this. He put his love into action first by washing their feet. Later that evening he would give himself again, with the bread and wine, asking his friends to “do this in remembrance of me.” Still later he would give himself again—literally laying down his life for his friends on a cross. His body would be broken. His blood would be spilled. For them. For us. For you.
When you say the word “love” what images come to mind? What are the qualities of love? Which of these qualities do you find easy to do? Which are difficult?
Terms This Week
Foot Washing: Back in Jesus’ day, it was customary for a lowest slave in the house to wash the feet of guests who came in from the dusty roads. Jesus did this for his disciples to send a message: although he was their Master, he also was their servant. If they would be great and follow him, they were to be servants to one another from that night on.
Friends: Your acquaintances, buddies; the people you choose to spend your time and life with.
Holy Week: The week before Easter Sunday.
Love: A deep, tender feeling of affection toward another person.
Maundy Thursday: The last command Jesus gave to his disciples was “love one another as I have loved you.” The church calls the day Jesus gave this command Maundy (Command) Thursday.
Remember One Thing
The last command Jesus gave to his disciples was “love one another as I have loved you.” This wasn’t a suggestion. It wasn’t mere advice.
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