Devotional: April 9, 2020

Holy Week, Part III

As we discussed in our Facebook video yesterday, Wednesday was the day that Judas Iscariot made his secret plans to betray Jesus in exchange for thirty pieces of silver. In Mark 14 we read “Then Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 disciples, went to the leading priests to arrange to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted when they heard why he had come, and they promised to give him money. So he began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.”

His betrayal was acted out today, Maundy Thursday. Before we look at the betrayal, today marks another life-changing act by Jesus. Maundy Thursday could really be interpreted as “Commandment Thursday” which we see when we read John 13:34 and 35. “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

Jesus demonstrated this love by washing the disciples’ feet on this night, it’s also the same place in the Bible we read about the Passover Meal that was Jesus’ last supper. Even more remarkable, Jesus knew that Judas would betray him, and he knew that his friends would abandon him in the garden, and yet, he chose to love them completely anyway. He used this “Last Supper” to signify it was almost time for his death, but for it to also be a demonstration of healing and forgiveness. He loved his disciples and his friends; humbling himself by washing their feet, sharing a meal with them, and loving them. Jesus even washed the feet of his betrayer, Judas, and didn’t stop showing that same love- even when faced with crucifixion.


Scripture: John 13:34-35

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

Devotional Time

Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment: to love one another as he loved them. But he didn’t just say the command he expected them to follow, he acted it out and showed them what that love looked like. A new command I give to you, love one another as I have loved you… That’s the idea behind this Holy Week.

·        How does John 13:34-35 challenge your definition of love?

·        How would you have enacted the last supper if you new your dear friend who betray you, resulting your death?


Prayer

Lamb of God, we are humbled by the demonstration of love you showed. Even though your friends betrayed and abandoned you, you loved them and showed them compassion. Work in our hearts and give us the desire and ability to love others the same way you love us. Amen.