Loving Till the Very End

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(note: This was a short meditation that I shared during yesterday’s chapel service in the seminary which I’m currently studying)

Scripture reading: John 13:1-15

“Knowledge is power.”

A quote made famous by Francis Bacon, who was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist, author and father of scientific method. This statement rings true in our modern context. For example, in the recent electione in Sarawak, part of the reason it is said for the present government to still maintain its 2/3 majority is because folks in the rural part of Sarawak are not equipped with the necessary knowledge or information to make proper judgements about their decisions. So we can see that knowledge is vital. Knowledge paves way for being able to make right decisions.

But what do we find in the passage we’ve just read just now dealing with knowledge? Jesus, having knowledge of a betrayer and also his time of departure acted in a very unnatural way. In a logical manner one going through such knowledge would have initiated a sense of defence. But Jesus chose to show his love even more to his disciples, “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” (John 13:1c)

With that, I’ll pose some questions before we go into the time of worship in songs. How does our knowledge of Jesus’ coming, suffering and dying, and his resurrection effect our faith now? How will it affect our worship/ how we live today?

Let me invite us now, with this knowledge of the wonderful thing that Jesus has done, to stand and together raise up praises to our Lord…

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