Today is a day that is called Maundy Thursday. This is a day set aside to remember the betrayal of Jesus and to remember the night when He gave us the gift of Holy Communion. It begins the darkness that is Good Friday.
Before the dawn and light of Easter Sunday, we must go through the darkness of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
And, if you happen to be in the Petal, MS area tonight, and you’ve never experienced a Maundy Thursday service, I hope you’ll be able to come out and be with us tonight at Asbury.
Before Jesus is betrayed, He left this disciples, and us, with some words to remember. Before He was handed over, He wanted them, and us, to know what was most important. Listen to what He tells them, and us, in John today:
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
They will know you are my disciples not by your theology. Or by your denomination. Or by your beliefs. Or by what you wear. Or by what you listen to. Or any of these things.
We try to make Christianity about so many different things that is not about.
Before Jesus was handed over, He told us what was most important. He told us what mattered the most. He told us what we must do to prove to the world that we are His disciples.
They will know you are my disciples by your love.
Today, do “they” – your friends, your family, your co workers, your neighbors, the people in your life – do they know you are His disciple?
Are you living a life of love in front of them?
Before He was handed over, he told us what is most important. He told us what matters most. Love.
They will know you are my disciples by your love. Today, may all the world know that we are His disciples.
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