Today is the last day for work in NZ, as both Good Friday and Easter Sunday are public holidays. The secular state has not removed them, yet. My church has posters up around town encourating people to an evangelical service on Sunday.
So today, I’m using two passages: one from the gospel and one from the letter of Corinthians. We should not recall this at Easter alone: but every service, every liturgy.
As we should be known by our love.
John 13:31-35; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, NASB
31 Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus *said, “Now [a]is the Son of Man glorified, and God [b]is glorified in Him; 32 [c]if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately. 33 Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
The love we are to show is to one another. It is those who are believers, then others. For there is hatred and virtue signalling among other movements, as people show that they are more pure than the others. There are political fights for status. The world expects us to be like this, and they use these filters when reporting the things in the church.
But the church is God’s. The things of God should not be as the things of fallen men. We are called to love. And to love we cannot be like them.