2017-11-30 - If My People will Love
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus is speaking to His Disciples at the Passover meal hours before His crucifixion. At other times the Lord has spoken about showing love to others starting with the other Disciples. Church, if we can not love each other what reason to we give the world around us to believe Christ has changed our lives? In Matt 5:46-47 The pointed question is asked, "For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?" The point is driven home by noting that even the despised tax collectors love those in their circle.
In Mark 1:40-42 Jesus reached out to a leper and touched the man to heal him. Lepers were considered ceremonially unclean according to the Levitical law and were not to come into physical contact with other people. Jesus set aside this regulation to deliver the man from a terrible disease,
Only in the last few decades has there been a cure for Leprosy. Jesus was helping someone who was first, an outcast in that society, who would be unable to receive assistance and second, had no way to help himself. There are numerous examples of Jesus providing help from feeding the five thousand to the Roman Centurion asking the Lord to heal his servant who was in terrible pain, to the woman with an issue of blood, the blind made to see, the deaf made able to hear, the man who had been lame since birth made able to walk, etc.
The leper is a picture of ourselves before Jesus freed us from sin. And Jesus' example of helping others is something we can do in reaching out to each other and to the world around us in His name. We have something eternally worth sharing,
Lord, Thank You for the love You have shown us and we gratefully return to You. Help is see how to help others sharing Your love to them with help and support, so they might come to know You. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.