Short passage, big message

May 14th, 2019

“‘Short passage…big message…love one another, love one another, love one another…any questions?’ This is how I once heard a preacher describe these few verses from John’s gospel,” begins Courtney Allen, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.

In John 13:31-35, Jesus adds a qualifier to the old and familiar commandment to love one another. Jesus tells the disciples to love as “I have loved you.” It is a “short passage with a big message…an old commandment with a new meaning.” How does this new commandment apply to us today? How do we love as Christ loved us? Interestingly, Allen points out that Jesus gives no other ethical imperative in the gospel of John except to love one another. It’s that easy and it’s that hard.

Listen as Allen expounds on how we can spread Christ’s love to others.


This sermon is from A Sermon for Every Sunday, a series of lectionary-based video sermons designed for use in worship, Bible study, small groups, Sunday school classes or for individual use.

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