A New Commandment
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Washing Feet And Loving Others
It was the night before Jesus was to be crucified on the cross and He just had the Passover meal with the disciples. Jesus grabs a towel and begins to wash their feet. An awkward moment maybe, but humility was on His mind. He wanted to teach the disciples a very important lesson that would have lasting memories. He washed their feet.
Peter didn’t want any part of it. He didn’t know what was going on but he did felt that it wasn’t right. That is the principle that Jesus was teaching. If you want to be great you must be the least among people. Jesus wanted to teach the disciples that to lead and spread Christianity it was going to take an effort of being a servant and not being served to. But when Jesus was finished He gave them a new commandment.
This commandment was to love one another. At first sight you might wonder who this was a new commandment. What Jesus was saying was it is a new commandment in a sense that they were to love as Christ loved them. They were about to witness the greatest love known to man. Jesus was soon to give His life as ransom for sinners. As Jesus displayed His love for others so are we to display our love to others. Jesus goes on to say in verse 35, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jesus said to love others as He loves them and you will be known for your love toward others. Let me ask you a question: “Do people know your a Christian because of your love for others?”
Ask the Lord to give you an opportunity today to show Christ-like love to someone who needs it the most.