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Love One Another – For God’s Sake

 

love one another

love one another

Chapter 13 of John’s gospel begins with Jesus washing his disciples’ feet in the upper room on the eve of their last supper together, then moving to that chilling moment when Jesus indicates who will betray him, even while he serves him. The disciples didn’t get it—but as readers, we watch Judas go out into the night to do his dirty deed, as we remain there with Jesus and his friends.

 

Jesus then exclaims, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.” [13:31-31]

Jesus is referring to the glory of the cross as the fulfillment of sacrificial love. The greatest glory in life is that which comes from sacrifice.

In war, the supreme glory belongs to those who lay down their lives for those who survive. Each ANZAC Day we solemnly remember this ultimate act of sacrificial love by those who died for our freedom.

Further, God has been glorified through Jesus’ obedience to the end. It is through obedience that we show our love and trust to those who lead us.

And God will glorify Jesus through his resurrection, ascension and the ultimate triumph of Christ’s promised return.

As Jesus speaks of going away, he instructs them with the hardest command: “..that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ [13:34-35]

It may well be that unless we have a profound experience of being loved (as in Christ), we are incapable of expressing profound love for another.

The command to love has its first application in the body of Christ. What does a newcomer find in our church? It is the mandate of the church to be a community of love who invest in one another because Christ has invested in them; who put sacrificial love into action based on the model of our Lord, who washed the feet of everyone – even Judas.

 

BULLETIN INSERT   Lismore Anglican Parish

7.30am Lismore, 10am Nimbin Sun 28TH April 2013

Acts 11:1-18  Peter’s Report to the Church at Jerusalem

11Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, 3saying, ‘Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?’ 4Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, 5‘I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. 6As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. 7I also heard a voice saying to me, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” 8But I replied, “By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.” 9But a second time the voice answered from heaven, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” 10This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. 11At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. 12The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. 13He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, “Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; 14he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.” 15And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. 16And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 17If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?’ 18When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, ‘Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.’

 

 John 13:31-35  The New Commandment

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” 34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’