The scripture for today is John 13: 31 – 35.
When he was gone (referring to Judas), Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going you cannot come. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Here the idea of glory includes a reference to Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross and the glorious salvation that would result. God is glorified in him. The glory of the father is closely bound to that of the Son.
A new command in a sense was an old one, but for Christ’s disciples it was new, because it was the mark of their brotherhood, created by Christ’s great love for them…as I have loved you. Our standard also is Christ’s love for us.
Love was and is the distinguishing mark of Christ’s followers. We recognize it ourselves when we see it, and when we give it to others we bask in a refreshing light that only comes from being connected to the spirit that Jesus gave to his disciples when he commanded them to love one another as he loved them.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for teaching us the true meaning of agape love. Grant us the power to display this type of love in all that we say and do. Keep us ever mindful of how much you loved your disciples and the example you set for us to follow. Amen
Maureen Baldwin firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Those who are lost, separated from God. “Light to those who sit in darkness in the shadow of death.” Luke 1:79