Love One Another
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Before the resurrection, the disciples had a bumpy relationship. They argued over who was the greatest among them (Mark 9:34) and over which of them would sit in the seats of honor at Jesus’s left and right in the Kingdom (Mark 10:37,41).
After the resurrection, their love for one another cemented. The ladies and the two Emmaus Disciples went first to the Eleven (LK 24:9, 33-34). The Eleven stayed tightly connected for 40 days, till Jesus ascended, and then went rejoicing as a group to Jerusalem (LK 24:52). The 120 prayed together as a unit for 10 days.
Christ-followers would still have their interpersonal problems from time to time, but the dye was cast. Years later their hearts were still knit to one other.
Hebrews 13:1 (Holman) Let brotherly love continue.
Decades after the resurrection, the love of Christians for one another was continuing. “Brotherly love” translates the word, “philadelphia”. “Phileo” means “love”. “Adelphos” means “from the same womb.” We could translate it brother-love, sister-love, sibling-love, or of-the-same-womb love. In other words, believers had for years loved one another as if brothers and sisters from the same womb.
The stark difference between before the resurrection, versus after it, had at least four causes. One, they did not have a clue