The most important

31st January 2018

This week I have been reading the book of Matthew. This New Testament book is a bit like a diary account of what Jesus did. In chapter 22 Jesus is nearing the end of his life on earth and has made it to the Temple in the capital Jerusalem. Whilst there some of the leaders, who were the guardians of Israel ancient laws, asked him which command in the law was the most important...

Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and most important command. And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ All the law and the writings of the prophets depend on these two commands.”
Matthew 22:37-40 The NCV Bible

In answering this question, Jesus quite rightly quoted from Deuteronomy 6, the Jewish confession of faith known as ‘the Shema’. However, he did not stop there but added a second section about loving your neighbour as yourself. By doing this, Jesus was stating that any relationship to God is also connected to people. You can’t have one without the other. We are to love God wholeheartedly first, and we are to then love people too. What does that ‘love’ mean for you?

Gary Bastin - TC church leader

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