Sunday, June 12, 2011

New Testament Lesson 23: As I Have Loved You, Love One Another

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Scripture Block: Luke 22: 1-38; John 13-15

I have the class sung Hymn No. 308 of the LDS Hymnbook or Hymn 136 of the LDS Children songbook entitled As I Have Loved You Love One Another. (You may click Song Title to see music sheet and play audio with words and music).

I explained to the class that the text of this hymn comes from John 13:34-35 which Jesus spoke during the Last Supper.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (John 13:34)

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye love one another. (John 13:35)

(taken at Kawa-Kawa in Ligao, Albay)

The Last Supper is a Passover meal, shared by Jesus and His Apostles the day before Jesus was crucified. At the Last Supper, Jesus Christ taught His Apostles this commandment to love one another and He said and did many other things with them as well. We too can follow Jesus' example by loving and serving others.

1. Institution of the Sacrament

"And as they were eating,Jesus took bread,and blessed it ,and brake it,and gave it to the disciples,and said,Take, eat; this is my body.
"And he took the cup,and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,Drink ye all of it;
"For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
(Matthew 26:26-28)

And in Luke 22:19-20,Jesus tells the Apostles that the purpose of the sacrament is to help them remember Him and his atoning sacrifice.

Present Day Application:

Now, partaking of the sacrament is the center of our Sabbath day observance said Pres. Thomas S. Monson during the April 2011 General Conference.He also quoted Elder Melvin J.Ballard's quote as he suggested, "We want every Latter-day Saint to come to the sacrament table because it is the place for self-investigation,for self-inspection, where we may learn to rectify our course and to make right our own lives, bringing ourselves into harmony with the teachings of the Church and with our brethren and sisters."

2. Washing the Apostle's Feet

When Jesus and His Apostles had eaten the Last Supper, Jesus washed each of the Apostles feet.(John 13:4-5). This task was usually performed by a servant when guest arrived. One reason Jesus did this was to teach his Apostles about humility and service. He told the Apostles that they should follow his example of service.

Present Day Application:

The love the Savior described is an active love.It is not manifested in large and heroic deeds but rather through simple acts of kindness and service said Elder Russel M.Ballard during the April 2011 General Conference. Elder Ballard in his talk also suggested ways and circumstances in which we can serve and love others.

(Youth of Deparo Ward doing community service wearing Helping Hands T-shirts)

"First, charity begins at By our example,let us teach our family members to have love one for another.

Another place where we have ample opportunity to serve is in the By treating each other kindly, speaking words of support and encouragement, and being sensitive to each other's needs, we can create loving unity among ward members. Ward members, both adults and youth, can unite in meaningful service to bless the lives of others.

A third area where we can serve is in our communities.As a pure expression of our love and concern, we can reach out to those who have need of our help.

Another way we can serve Heavenly Father's children is through missionary service- not only as full-time missionaries but also as friends and neighbors."

3. Teaching "I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life" and "I am the True Vine"

Jesus compared himself to a true vine and Heavenly Father is the husbandman (John 15:1). In verse 5 of the same chapter, Jesus said "I am the vine,ye are the branches; He that abideth in me, and I in him,the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing".

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