The Lost Commandment
At the Last Supper, Jesus gave us a new commandment. He actually said it twice. Do you know what it is?
Even though I had been a Bible teacher for almost 25 years, I couldn't have answered that question three years ago. I'm not sure how many people can, because there's almost nothing written about this new commandment.
So, I've written a book called The Lost Commandment: Have We Missed What Jesus Really Wants?, to talk about why and how we should obey this new commandment. The new commandment is found at John 13:34. Jesus said, "A new commandment I give you: Love one another. as I have loved you, so you must love one another." It's the "as I have loved you" that's new. I called Jesus' words the Lost Commandment because I think that for many of us, it's dropped off our radar.
What makes you think so? In part because most of us have been taught, and are still being taught, that we are supposed to love others according to the Golden Rule ("love your neighbor as yourself") rather than according to the Lost Commandment. We can easily find books or sermons on the Golden Rule, but in my experience, it's almost impossible to find a book or sermon that takes the Lost Commandment as its theme.
Opinion poll data also indicates that many Christians don't feel obligated to love others the way that Jesus has loved us. Apparently, many of us don't think we have to forgive, serve, and teach others the way Jesus has forgiven, served, and taught us. In other words, many of us don't seem to know that Jesus expects us to love each other the way that He has loved us.