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Day Five: “How Soon To Love”

Friday, March 19th, 2010

John 13:31-38 (TNIV)When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”  Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”  Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

Reflection: Once again we see Peter with a passion to follow and please Jesus. Yet, we see that Peter will not follow through.  “How long, Peter?” And, “How long” to us in our attempts and desires to follow Jesus in this way of long?  But the heart we see in Jesus is just the opposite for us. It was not, ‘how long,’ but ‘how soon!’  Here in John 13, it is more about, “How soon” Jesus would make our faith possible.  It is better put, ‘How soon will we trust and follow Jesus in this wonderful calling – the way of love.’  Jesus knew that after His death and resurrection it would be a matter of ‘how soon,’ ‘how soon’ we would turn and trust in Him again…continuing to follow the command to love one another.  That command became our reality through Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jesus knew this, and Jesus saw His disciples this way.  Jesus sees us this way today, ‘How soon to love.’  ‘How soon to love,’ as soon as we remember what Jesus did and who we now are in Him.

Response: After the cornerstone is laid, then a building can be built up. Not until a spark is made can a fire start and do its work. Living in this world full of trials and opposition, we are tempted to long for His coming to hasten and end the suffering. But as we have read from this passage, may we respond with this challenge to act with urgency.  The love of God that is present among His people is what binds us – it’s what makes us who we are – the sooner we take on this calling to love others, the sooner we see and be bound in His plans unfolding right before us in this life. Let’s pray this day that we remain active participants in the move of our God, by giving all of our lives in trusting in Him and His ways in loving another.

Day Four: “Way Beyond Disappointing Moments”

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Day Three: “He Sees What We Can’t See”

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Day Two: “The Determined One”

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Jesus: Disappointed or Determined

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Day One: “A Determined Faith”

Monday, March 15th, 2010