Today is Day 3 of Holy Week. As a reminder, Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. It’s called Holy Week, because it describes the last days of Jesus’s life here on Earth, according to the Scriptures.
Let’s dive into Matthew 22. And if you can, I’d like for you to read the whole chapter. It’s fantastic. In verses 36, 37 and 38, one of the teachers of the law comes to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the greatest commandment of the law?”
That’s a legal question. It says, if it’s legal, if it’s law, I will do it.
We can understand that because in order to drive our vehicles, the law says that we must have auto insurance. So we sacrifice and purchase auto insurance, for our own protection, as well as for the protection of our fellow drivers because it’s so long.
Then Jesus answered the question by saying, “Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all of your mind.” Jesus was speaking of the vertical relationship of love, which has no legality in it. And then he says, “and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Jesus was giving us the privilege to love those who don’t look like us, who don’t live like us, who don’t even think like us. He was telling us to love them the same way that we love ourselves. Not demanding, but encouraging, not bogarting, but gentle with compassion, to care, and to care earnestly and sincerely to love our neighbors as ourselves.
He spoke of this horizontal and this vertical structure, the cross basically, which is the basis of love. After all, it was love that drove Jesus to the cross.
This is Holy Week. Let’s start loving one another. Let’s start loving our neighbors as ourselves. Let’s start today. giving God glory to the power of love. God bless you