It turns out that it was the opening of the Jesus of Nazareth TV miniseries. My parents had seen it years ago, but I had never seen it before. I get kind of nervous when it comes to dramatization of anything that is near and dear to me, so I wasn't sure if I wanted to watch it. You know how after seeing the movie, it is harder to visualize things any other way? Well, I decided to take the chance and give it a try anyway.
I've enjoyed it for the most part and it's helped me to understand quite a lot. I have a better idea of what the temple, cities, and other locations looked and felt like. Also, it is interesting to see the different kinds of people - rich and poor, Jew and Gentile, Pharisee and tax collector. Some of the encounters really are shocking and thought-provoking. So even though I don't agree with everything the miniseries does, it has been fun to watch and helpful. I've been looking forward to it each night!
Tonight was also Maundy Thursday, which means we had a short service at church. We read John 13:1-17 and talked about Jesus' command:
"Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you."
The messenger said that rather than ask ourselves, "What should I do to show love to others?" we should first ask ourselves, "How has God shown His love for me?"
So, what does the Bible say about this?
In John 3:17, Jesus says, "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." But how am I saved? I Peter 2:24 says that Jesus "Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness..." In believing this to be true, we are saved. (Acts 16:31)
As we meditate on these things, on these great things which God has done for us, we are filled with peace, joy, and love. It is with this love that we have the power to love one another as Christ commanded. We need not "try" to love out of duty, but only seek to know our Lord who has rescued us. He will fill us with all the joy, all the peace, and all the love that we need to live as he commands. Amen!