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An Enduring Message for Us All

It's Maundy Thursday, the day that Jesus and his disciples gather in the upper room before Jesus was arrested. We see Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane praying and surrendering all for the Father's glory in his life. But what is the message that Jesus himself brings to the disciples and ultimately to each and every one of us.

First, Jesus gives them a "new commandment." That commandment is to love one another. It is not just an "if you feel like it" or a "maybe if they love me back." No it is to love...period. Even though in our own humanness this may seem difficult at times, it is the strength that the Lord provides that enables us to love...but Jesus didn't stop there.

Jesus knew that the disciples (and us) would need help to carry out the commandments of the Lord and to not only love him with all of our being but to also love others. His words are recorded in John 14-16 and Jesus' discourse on the importance of the Holy Spirit being active in our lives. It is the Spirit of God that not only leads and guides us, but also gives us the power needed to live a life that pleases the Lord. The disciples were to "tarry" or "wait" in Jerusalem to receive power from on high. It is absolutely crucial in our walks with the Lord that we understand the role and importance of the Spirit in our lives.

I would invite you to take the time today to read these chapters in the Gospel of John and also to read Acts 1:1-8 to understand the critical nature of the fullness of the Spirit promised to each and every one of us.

Today, may you be reminded of the Lord's deep love for each and every one of you. May you lean hard into the Lord and there find grace and mercy today for it is today that Jesus knew was coming and he willingly made his way to Jerusalem and eventually to the cross.

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