In today’s gospel, Jesus tells his disciples “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” If you love me, you will keep my commandments. What commandments are Jesus talking about?
Jesus gives us the summary of the law in two commandments – love God and love neighbor; but I’m interested in exploring the single commandment Jesus gives in the gospel of John, in the chapter just before today’s lesson. John 13:34-35 – “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus talks a lot about love during his three years of ministry, which is appropriate because his life was lived as a perfect example of what love truly is. He showed his love for others through his life, teachings, and ultimately in his death and resurrection.