New Testament
Lesson 23
“Love One Another, As I Have Loved You”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will inspire us to follow Jesus’ example by loving and serving others.

Scripture references for study:  Luke 22:1–38; John 13–15
    Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the LDS Scriptures at LDS.org and will open in a new window.

Lesson 23 Handout (PDF format)


Preparing For Crucifixion

Preparing the Disciples for His death.

Judas and the Jews plot His death.

Elder.McConkie: "This night the Son of Man, will lay down his head in sleep 'for the last time on earth.' On Thursday morning he will awake 'never to sleep again'." (Mortal Messiah, 4:18)


The Paschal/Last Supper

Peter and John make ready the Passover.

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PASSOVER CELEBRATION?

Note Jesus' concern for those around Him.

"And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him." (Luke 22:14)


Jesus Introduces The Ordinance Of The Sacrament

Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "No single account of the institution of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, standing alone, contains enough to let us know the reality and the glory and the wonder of what happened in that upper room as the Pachal supper died and the sacramental supper was born. Nor for that matter do all the biblical accounts taken together reveal the glorious mystery of it all." (Mortal Messiah, 4:57)

READ LUKE 22:15-20. Jesus administers the sacrament to the Twelve.

Important principles the scriptures teach regarding the sacrament (see Mortal Messiah, 4:59-60):

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR US TO TAKE THE SACRAMENT EACH WEEK?

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT WE PREPARE OURSELVES SPIRITUALLY BEFORE PARTAKING OF THE SACRAMENT? HOW CAN WE DO THIS?

WHEN WE PARTAKE OF THE SACRAMENT, WE COVENANT TO ALWAYS REMEMBER THE LORD. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN WE TAKE UPON US THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST AS STATED IN THE SACRAMENTAL ORDINANCE?

HOW HAS PARTAKING OF THE SACRAMENT AFFECTED YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD?


Love One Another

"And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest." (Luke 22:24)

READ JOHN 13:4-17. Washing of the feet.

READ JOHN 13:31-35. Jesus disciples commanded to love one another.


I Am The Way, The Truth, And The Life

In my Father's house are many mansions.

"If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15)

READ JOHN 14:15-26. Jesus teaches of the two comforters.

READ JOHN 15:1-15. The true vine.

God's enemies hate Christ and His work.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

On this sacred night, many important instructions were given to the Twelve. They were introduced to the ordinance of the sacrament. They were taught the importance of humility and giving of themselves in service to others. They were instructed to love one another. The Master made it clear that he was the only true path to eternal salvation and that they must stay close to him, the true vine. They were taught about the two comforters and warned of the opposition of the world. Though these sacred teachings were given to the Twelve, they are important doctrines that are of vital significance to us in our day. We need to nourish our souls by partaking of the sacrament and staying plugged in to the true vine, then we will have a place in the mansions of the Father.

Record your thoughts on the teachings of Jesus to his disciples on this last night of his mortal existence. In what ways can you show your love for the Lord?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Doctrines of Salvation, Volume 2, by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Ensign.

Matthew Cowley Speaks.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 4, by Bruce R. McConkie.


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