The commandment Jesus gave to His disciples…


Thursday of Holy Week is known as Maundy Thursday. If you remember from the introduction, “Maundy” comes from the Latin word Mandatum which is translated “commandment.” In the context of Holy Week, it refers to the commandment Jesus gave to His disciples while washing their feet:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you,

so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples.

John 13:34-35

This was one of the most crucial and pivotal days in the history of the church. Every Christian church in the world participates in Holy Communion, some on a weekly basis. This tradition, called the Lord’s Supper, Communion, and other titles was birthed on THIS day. Foot washing is something else that happened in the upper room, and it took on an entirely different dimension and meaning because of when Jesus did it on THIS day.

Paintings worth millions of dollars do the best they can to capture the essence of what happened on THIS day and that famous table. Jesus was betrayed by one of His own disciples on THIS day.

The events of this day, particularly the Last Supper, continue to be remembered and commemorated in Christian churches around the world. Jesus prayed in the garden, sweat drops of blood, and was betrayed and arrested, all on THIS day.

Dear Lord, what a powerful command in John 13:34-35: “Love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” .
To think that whether or not I am a disciple of Jesus is based on my love for others is sobering and something that I will take deep into my heart.

Teach me to love like You do, Lord, and help me to forgive like You forgive. I do love You, Lord. Teach me to show my love for You by my actions toward others.

What a powerful command, but what an appropriate reminder THIS week, as I remember how much You forgave me and loved me. I am ahvays amazed at Your loving kindness toward me. I pray for more and more of Your heart, in Jesus’ name.

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What does Deep Roots Ministries do? We encourage believers to grow spiritually in Christ by discipleship. Continuing the works Jesus did. How do we do that? We study God’s Word to develop a Biblical worldview. Scriptures identify God’s plan for our lives. God’s will to us is revealed in His Word. Together we spend time reading the Bible and studying the Truths of the Word of God. Where do you do this? In our home and others homes with family and friends (small groups), teaching videos, and meetings. Where we are invited to share. Colossians 2:6-7 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

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