A new command

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34

They had heard Jesus tell them to love one another before.

So what was new? Jesus is telling them to love “as I have loved you.”

So, how did Jesus love? One needy soul at a time.

Zacchaeus was a short, rich Jericho tax collector. In fact he was so short that when Jesus passed through Jericho, where

Zacchaeus was, the swarming crowds blocked his view so he could not see Jesus. He had to climb a sycamore tree just to get a glimpse of Jesus.

Jesus ignored the large crowds. He didn’t say a word to them. Instead he looked up at Zacchaeus and said, “Zacchaeus, come on down from that tree right away. I’m going to stay at your house today.”

Wait. Think about this scene for a minute. It’s the first time Zacchaeus has ever laid eyes on Jesus. Jesus ignores the huge crowds. Doesn’t say a word. He calls Zacchaeus by name and then says he’s going to spend the whole day with him at his house.

Later at his house Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

That’s how Jesus loved–one soul at a time. The Bible is full of stories of Jesus loving one person at a time. Think of the woman-at-the-well, the Centurion woman, The Roman centurion’s sick servant and many more one at a time.

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