34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 10:34-35


During the time of the last supper, Jesus said these powerful words.  He has just washed the feet, broken bread, and reclined with those closest to Him.   I usually pass through these verses with little thought, but this morning it struck me differently.  Jesus knew Judas would betray Him, and He still preformed all these actions.  This is the difference of professing to be a follower of Christ is really all about; you choose to forgive your enemies, even before they have struck out at you. Jesus didn’t just eat with sinners; He served them.

Love.  It is a simple instruction, with intentional and serious implications.  Jesus loved Judas.  Just let that sink in.  Jesus LOVES Judas.  Even in the final moments of the last supper, Jesus reclined with Judas.  Jesus washed the feet of Judas.  Jesus served Judas.  Judas was still given control of the money!  I can only imagine that my remarks would not have been so subtle, my jab would have been more pointed, my approach more antagonistic and passive aggressive.  Yet, Jesus loves.

I think about this instruction to Love and its impact on my life, the lives of those around me, on those who are not considered friend, but enemy.  To love someone as Jesus loves, takes a change of perspective.  It is to acknowledge that your purpose in this world is above selfish ambition, equality according to this world’s standards wont cut it, grace is unfair, and the big picture has you playing a part, but it’s not leading role.  Love takes the focus off of you (me) and puts the focus on the other.

This concept of Love is why Jesus says in verse 35 that, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  Love is so powerful, that when you fully embrace loving others, you will be understood to be a disciple of Christ.  Christ is Love.  To love others is to bring the presence of our living God and savior to this world.

What an awesome honor to be the hands and feet of Christ.