Wednesday Reflection


3rd March 2021

...Jesus explained this...

37 Jesus replied
  "'Love the Lord your God
    with all your heart and with
    all your soul and with
    all your mind.'
38 This is the first and
    greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it:
   'Love your neighbour as yourself.'
40 All the Law and the Prophets
    hang on these two commandments."

.... Matthew 22:37-40

In the closing days of Jesus' ministry,
he issued a series of commands
and teachings.

His commands and teachings throughout
his ministry were profound
but the things he said near the end
of his ministry seemed particularly
important to me,
things he particularly wanted
his disciples to remember as
he was about to leave them.

Jesus' quote above was in response
to one of the Pharisees seeking to
catch out Jesus in heresy.
The Pharisee asked him what was
the greatest commandment.
Despite the hypocritical question,
Jesus gave a very genuine answer.

The Pharisee may have expected a
more theological answer along
the lines of the constant debate
between Sadducees and Pharisees,
but Jesus' response was simple;
first, love the Lord with
everything you have,
then love your neighbour
as yourself.

It's interesting that Jesus says,
'and the second is like it...'(v39)
suggesting that the two are equivalent.
Jesus explained this when he talked
about the sheep and the goats.

He told of a time when he would
separate his people, the sheep,
from those who would be
cast into hell, the goats.
(Whenever I read this story,
I always think the poor goats
get a raw deal!
Why always pick on them
as an example?).

The sheep would be those who
had fed and clothed him
in his time of need.
These people wouldn't be aware
that they had encountered Jesus;
or had done or not done these
things so they challenged him
to explain; but he finished,

'I tell you the truth,
 whatever you did for one

 of the least of these brothers

 of mine, you did for me.'

....(Matthew 25:49)

We love God by loving others,
we serve God by serving others.
This is not a liberal church v
conservative church thing,
and serving others is not to the
exclusion of loving God
and believing in him.
They are interlinked and must
come together because
they work together.

Paul wrote, in his first letter
to the people of Corinth;

'Let all you do
be done in love' 16:14

Who do we need to express
love to today?
Who do we need to forgive?
Who do we need to come alongside of?
Who do we need to serve or
to reach out to?

Our church will advance
when we show love for one another.
As Jesus said,

"All men will know that we
are His disciples by the love
that we have for one another"

..(John 13:34-35, paraphrase)

Love is the remedy
for church ills -
it is the remedy for all ills.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'Let there be love.'
sung by Emmaus Music
(with lyrics)'
via the link shown below.