Jesus is his last days on earth and is giving his disciples some final instructions.
After Jesus declared that he is “the way and the truth and the life,” that “no one comes to the Father except through me” and that “If you really know me, you will know my Father,” Philip chimed in with this request:
It’s Jesus’ final week on earth. The Cross is looming.
He’s sharing one last meal with his disciples. Yesterday, he said that one of them would betray him. Today, he says they’ll all fall away:
We know come to my absolute #1 favorite scene in the entire Bible.
The religious people of Jesus’ day tried to follow hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of man-made rituals, rules and regulations. One scholar came to Jesus and asked a great question:
A Pharisee invited Jesus to dinner. They were joined by an unexpected “guest”:
A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount.
Today, we come to what a theologian named John Stott called the “highest point of the Sermon on the Mount.” I love how he describes it:
It is both most admired and most resented, namely the attitude of total love which Christ calls us to show towards one who is evil and our enemies. Nowhere is the challenge of the Sermon greater. Nowhere is the distinctness of the Christian counter-culture more obvious. Nowhere is our need of the power of the Holy Spirit (whose first fruit is love) more compelling.
Pray through these words with all your ♥: