Another interesting thing Jesus said to His disciples during that last Passover supper was a new commandment He gave them. Under the Law of Moses (The Old Covenant) the people of God were to love the Lord their God and they were to love their neighbour as themselves.

I don’t think there was any uncertainty or ambiguity about the expectation or requirement of this law or commandment. Jesus certainly made it clear when He told the story of the good Samaritan in answer to a young rich guy’s question. Basically we are to love our neighbour and treat our neighbour the same way we desire to be loved and treated. That’s not so difficult is it? So, what’s so new about the new covenant? Look at what Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” That puts a whole new dimension on the way we commit to loving. We are commanded to love the way Jesus loved.

That’s not so difficult is it? The way I see it, is that Jesus raised the bar to a whole new level. He has given us a measuring stick a wee bit grander than the previous one. Before we could compare with each other and maybe come out on top, but now we have the “Jesus Standard” which is loving one another as He loved us!

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