I have often recreated the scene of the Last Supper in stories to teach the children, in a musical to celebrate the event, but mostly, in the eyes of my heart as I have read the account in the gospels. What an emotional evening it must have been. Thirteen men reclining at supper, with the shadow of death hanging over them, and their leader moving amongst them washing feet, eating supper and instituting the New Covenant. The apostle John gives a beautiful account of their last evening together, with breath taking glimpses into the things that were on our Saviour’s heart. All of which, it seems, were bound up in love. Although the word ‘love’ occurs only six times in chapters 1-12, incredibly it appears thirty-one times in chapters 13-17!
Since the great betrayal by Judas was not only underway at the time, but Yahshua knew it was happening, the fact that He not only ate with him, but also washed his feet was a perfect demonstration of love. John 14 is a magnificent chapter filled with such love. It begins, “Do not let your hearts be troubled…” How infinitely precious this is, since John had earlier recorded that Yahshua Himself was feeling troubled [John 12:27].
Last week I was musing on the fact that obedience is the opposite of sin. Yahshua developed this understanding for me as He shared from His heart, “The person who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me”, He said, [John 14:21, Amplified Bible]. So, obedience is an expression of love. As He developed this theme, Yahshua went on to say, “If anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him…” [14:23], and so we learn that obedience also begets love.
Obedience is a key factor as we walk with Yahshua, opening up and developing our relationship with Him and increasing our understanding. Oswald Chambers writes, “The tiniest fragment of obedience, and…the profoundest truths of [Yahweh] are yours…” But he goes on to warn that Yahweh “…will never reveal more truth about Himself until you have obeyed what you know already.” My expression of love, through obedience, will reap a bountiful harvest.