Here is a question for you…how can something be “old” and “new” at the same time? Right now, I have a very old car. It has over 240,000 miles on it, the air doesn’t work, and the emissions light is on. I hope to get a new car very soon, but that new car will be completely different from my old car. I’m looking forward to everything working and being better in my new car. So my old car will only be “old” and my new car will only be “new.” But can anything be old and new at the same time?
The Apostle John says, “Yes”. What is old and new? It is the command to love your brother. How is this commandment old? Well, it is old because it is found in the Old Testament, specifically Leviticus 19:18.
Well, if it is old, how can it be new as well? This is an interesting question, but the Bible has a very specific answer. It is new, not as a command, but because of the example of love that God gave to us between the writing of Leviticus and 1 John. That new example is found in the person of Jesus.
Jesus says in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” What is new is the example of Jesus! When Jesus says, “Just as I have loved you,” that is the part that is new.
For the very first time, people could truly see an example of “perfect love”. No one had ever observed that before from a person because of the broken nature of man; but now, for the very first time, we have a new example of the perfect way to love others from Jesus Himself.
Rev. Adam Mumpower, Senior Pastor