What did Jesus value?

Today I can’t help but think of the Last Supper. Not just because image of God incarnate washing His children’s feet is incredibly powerful. But because the Last Supper reveals what Christ valued above all things.

Here we see that Jesus valued relationships above all else. Imagine the touching beauty of the moment. Christ is about to die the cruelest death, to suffer for crimes He didn’t commit. Yet, one of His last acts is to make time to have dinner with His friends.

Here we learn a lesson that is, sadly, often forgotten. Relationships are the most important part of a Christian’s life. I firmly believe in the supernatural power of God. I’ve seen outright answers to prayer. I have witnessed prophesy, speaking in tongues and interpretation, visions, the suspension of nature, and the power of discernment.

But the most powerful spiritual force I have ever witnessed is the love of God enshrined within human hearts. The love that translates itself into mending relationships, rebuilding marriages, and nurturing children.

I believe that’s what made Jesus say in John 14

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (Emphasis added)”

John 14:3

The value He placed on relationships went beyond this life into the next. Amid the frustrations, turmoil, and chaos unleashed by COVID-19, let us remember this vital lesson Christ taught us in His final moments.

Let us see this as an opportunity to learn from His divine example. Let us place our emphasis upon cultivating relationships with our families, our spouse, our friends.

Let us forgive those who have wronged us. Be the first to reach out to those we have labeled untouchable. Rebuild bridges that we once burned.

And in the end, may Christ receive all the glory.

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