A New Commandment

September 20, 2020 | Mike Avato

Passage: John 13:31-38

    This Sunday's sermon in John 13:31-38 will show that the betrayer has left the Lord and the other disciples resulting in Jesus declaring that he will now be glorified. How? Through his betrayal, trial, crucifixion, death, and burial, leading to his triumphal resurrection!
    Jesus is going to his death and they cannot follow him now, though most will eventually be killed for his name sake. Only Jesus is our substitution and atonement for sin.
    Peter declares he would like to follow, and even die for Jesus, but reverse is true. Jesus will die for him. In addition, Peter is told of his fateful denials before the crow cocks three times.
    In the midst of this declaration of glory and denial, Jesus issues a “new commandment” which is not really new. The Old Testament saints were told to love one another. But here Jesus issues this command as a standard to be live out in the New Covenant community. If they love as he loved them, then outsiders will know they are his disciples because of the love they show for each other. What sort of love is this?

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