As we continue our timeline of Passion Week, on the Tuesday before Jesus’ crucifixion He was approached by a lawyer who was attempting to “test” Jesus, probably meaning he was trying to trip Him up, so that the religious leaders would have grounds to arrest Jesus.
“One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And He said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40)
The lawyers “test” provided Jesus with the perfect opportunity to remind all of us that a relationship with God involves the totality of who we are. People who are “religious” think that they should make God a part of their life. People who have a relationship with Him understand that God is our life.
Everything we experience, every word we say, every thought we have, every action we take, should be filtered through our relationship with God. “Does this help or hurt my relationship with God?” “Is this going to glorify God or not?” “Does this decision, or thought, or action, line up with God’s word?”
Interestingly, Jesus gave the lawyer more than he asked for. Even though the lawyer only asked for the greatest commandment Jesus went on to give him the second as well. Notice that Jesus said, “The second is like it,” meaning, like the first. In other words it’s almost like two sides of the same coin. If we love God the way we should, then we’ll love others the way we should.
This Saturday’s Family Fun Day is an opportunity to love our neighbors. Jesus took time out of His last week before the cross to teach us that when we love people through these type opportunities we’re showing our love for God as well. Will everyone who comes Saturday to our event appreciate what we do for them? Probably not, but that’s not really why we do it. We do it because we love God and He compels us to love others, and maybe, just maybe, it will cause them to want to love God as well.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.