They say that desperate times call for desperate measures.
Think of the hail Mary pass toward the end of the football game, or the man in such poor financial shape that he thinks his only options is to rob a bank.
Jesus lived in desperate times. It was a brutal world, and he was about to be tortured and crucified (and he knew it). With that in mind he gave his disciples a “new commandment.”
What was it? To run for the hills? To get out their swords?
No. It was to love one another as he had loved them.
In many ways, we also live in desperate times. Jesus gives his new command to us as well.
This sermon on John 13:31-38 seeks to define what Jesus meant by love, unpacks the text, and highlights seven practical steps. Desperate times call for loving measures.
Below is the YouTube video version. Under that is the audio-only download. You can also access a link to the “growing deeper” background content as a part of The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan.
As mentioned, you can access the extra “growing deeper” background content as a part of The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan (by clicking here) or by finding it wherever you subscribe to podcasts — iTunes (Apple Podcasts), Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or TuneIn). It’s called “Love one another: the meaning of Jesus’ new commandment.”