“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34).
What has been used only eight times to this point in John’s gospel, love will now be utilized 30 times and becomes a central theme of Jesus’ five chapter (13-17) upper room discourse to his disciples. The concept of love is as old as humanity itself; loving God and loving one another being foundational within scripture (Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18). What’s new is the fresh spin given by Jesus; that we love as he has loved us. This love is not a conjuring up of feelings, but is a continuation and extension of his love. Like an automobile you would consider purchasing, take it out and give it a spin.