When Jesus launched the new creation with His resurrection (at the Cross He put away the old creation with its failures and flaws and fallacies), He inaugurated that new creation with a new command: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34). This was a brand new commandment. When Jesus said, ““A new commandment I give to you,” He meant it was brand new. It was a command that had never been seen before. That’s what the Greek word He uses for “new” means: it’s something entirely unseen before.
Why? Why would Jesus say, “Hey all, I am giving you a brand new commandment—I am saying something that’s never been said before. I am giving you a new command by which to live, a command that has never been given before I spoke it.” Why would He say that? Because He was launching a new creation—a creation that had never existed before He spoke it into being.
HOW HAS JESUS LOVED YOU?
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